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Jufran Banana Sauce

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A popular Filipino condiment made from mashed banana, sugar, vinegar, and spices.

Banana ketchup or banana sauce is a popular Filipino condiment made from mashed banana, sugar, vinegar, and spices. It is often colored red to resemble tomato ketchup.      Banana ketchup is sweeter than tomato ketchup and is similar … see full wiki

1 review about Jufran Banana Sauce

The BEST Thing To Happen to Fried Chicken Since the Invention of the Frying Pan!!

  • Dec 9, 2009
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+5

What is Banana ketchup? A lot of people never believed me that such a thing does indeed exist, until I brought a bottle to work. It is a Filipino sauce that enhances the flavor of fried chicken, Asian Bar-b-qued kebabs, spaghetti, Asian omelettes (called torta), fish, fries and even meatballs. The Banana ketchup and banana sauce are colored ‘red’ to resemble ketchup but that is where all similarities end. Jufran is the most famous brand of the banana ketchup although I am not sure whether UFC actually invented the banana-based sauce because of Max’s fried chicken in the Philippines.

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Since ketchup is mostly based on tomatoes, banana sauce and ketchup is made from mashed bananas, vinegar to give it a tangy taste, some salt, spices and garlic powder. There is also a spicier version of the sauce that is labeled “hot” and it’s not kidding. If it is hot, it is really hot! The sauce is pretty cool at a mere 40 calories and is being exported to different countries such as the U.S., Kuwait, Hong Kong, France, Saudi Arabia, England and Switzerland.
 
I love this banana sauce when I dip fried chicken and use it as an ingredient to marinate my pork ribs; it even works with lumpia when I am feeling lazy to make the lumpia sauce. Most Filipino households use it to enhance their spaghetti (to make it sweeter) but I like my pasta dish more Italian authentic. The banana ketchup is great with hotdogs and seasoned burgers--have you tried seasoned hamburgers cooked with the sauce? If you haven‘t, it is awesome! I have to tell you, this stuff makes fried chicken more finger-licking good! I guarantee. Oh, when I say fried chicken it is the stuff with no flour or any other dressing to make it bigger. Just straight-up marinated chicken boiled and then fried to perfection. (want the recipe?)
 
There other different brands of banana ketchup and sauces--the most popular being JUFRAN, UFC, Manfran and DEL MONTE. 

        The BEST Thing To Happen to Fried Chicken Since the Invention of the Frying Pan!!

                              The BEST Thing To Happen to Fried Chicken Since the Invention of the Frying Pan!!

Fried Chicken recipe:
Not sure if you’d like to take out the skin but I usually leave some on for taste. Make sure the chicken is thoroughly defrosted. Marinate the chicken hindquarters in 80 % lemon juice and 20 % fish sauce. The chicken has to be halfway or fully immersed in the marinate. Dash the chicken with pepper and refrigerate overnight. (preferable but 2 hours is fine). Boil the chicken in a pot for 20-25 minutes (depending on how many pieces) with pepper, a teaspoon of salt and garlic powder. Take the chicken out of the pot and put some margarine (Dairie Kreme works well) or butter. Fry it, (not totally immersed in oil) turning it over once but make sure you cook it evenly. This chicken tastes so good with Jufran!

Jufran works well with pork chops too!



 
 
 
 
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September 12, 2011
I've never heard of this stuff. Now I'm going to have to look for it and try it out!
 
July 28, 2011
Hey, this sounds really good! I have never seen it around here in my area, but I'm gonna keep a look-out for it. Thanks for sharing Woo my man!!
 
February 15, 2011
An interesting note: Ketchup comes from a Malay word Kecap which in various parts of the Malaysian/Indonesian world means everything from "soy sauce" (both a molasses-like sweet sauce and the more familiar salty variety) to "fish sauce." Early European recipes were actually mushroom sauces, with tomatoes added only later.

It isn't surprising to me at all that variations exist elsewhere. http://panlasangpinoy.com/2009/06/04/how-to-make-banana-catsup/ has instructions for making your own.....
 
September 25, 2010
Hmmm, for some reason that sounds very yummy, but not on waffles. ; )
 
February 27, 2010
I am not sure I would like this stuff but I do appreciate you bringing this to our attention. It certainly is something different. Awesome review. Love the photos.
 
January 30, 2010
Looks good and might even try it when ever I see it at the store.
 
January 27, 2010
Will, you know me... Can you please share the exact ingredients written on the bottle? I would really appreciate it! :) I a fan of my trusted Trader Joe's Organic Ketchup, but this would be great to try. Thanks for the great review!
January 27, 2010
Will do, Anastasia! I will list it as soon as I get home tonight.
 
December 13, 2009
Sounds great! I haven't really spot any but I'll look for it in Hong Kong soon. I love my fried chicken with hot chili, esp. the sweet & sour type. Looks like you've been cooking :D
December 14, 2009
Thanks, Sharrie! I am pretty sure it is in HK. A friend of mine went and bought some there during a vacation. Hot chili...sweet and sour...OMG! Yeh, I've been cooking up a storm..LOL
 
December 11, 2009
Mm, yummy! Sounds like my kinda sauce. I am in love with various hot sauces, hoisin sauce, & Jamaican jerk sauce so this should be right up my alley. Ever tried the Mexican molfongo which is a dish made from boiled bananas?
December 11, 2009
It is pretty good and damn cheap for all its uses. Mex Molfongo...I think I've had that but didn't know what it was called. Very good. Oh, I dropped a write up of another favorite dish to go with this. What is wrong with me?! I guess the holidays make me a little bizarre in review choices LOL
December 11, 2009
Oh, I almost forgot to mention the Mole condiment used primarily in texican dishes but that's another favorite of mine. So where do you get this particular sauce? It sounds awesome bro. I can't find any restaurants around here that serve the Molfongo anymore so it just sucks to be me. LOL Dude, I'm enjoying these eclectic choices in reviews. I'm running out ideas so I stick to my tried & true formulas.
December 11, 2009
This sauce can be found in any Asian store. Molfongo is a little hard to find even here, there are restaurants that serve it but only a few that perfected it. I may post the recipe for it LOL! I just want this month to be a little different since it is the holiday season. But I will return with my usual stuff soon enough.
 
December 09, 2009
This all looks incredible. Bananas are a food I can definitely get behind! Thanks for sharing.
December 10, 2009
You're welcome Melissa...
 
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