Fusion cuisine has received much publicity in recent years, as restaurant operators try to blend the culinary traditions of various immigrant groups. There’s Tex-Mex, obviously a blend of Texan and Mexican. Pacific Rim cuisine combines specialties from various island nations in the great blue yonder. California fusion cuisine is inspired by food brought in by immigrants from Italy, France, Mexico, the Philippines, and other places.
I went to Berkeley, CA one weekend morning to purchase an electronic item that a graduating student wanted to unload before seeking job prospects on the East coast. We got to talking about food, and she asked if I knew how to make banana lumpia.
I was taken by surprise; never heard the term before. Visualizing the two words, I quickly recognized what she was asking about: the turon !
Turon (Banana Spring Rolls)
Isn’t that a clever way of naming a not-so-familiar food item, by invoking the name of a more famous cousin, the lumpia ? For, indeed, the turon and the lumpia are similar products; the difference lies in what’s inside. The lumpia that people are familiar with contains vegetables and ground meats; banana lumpia contains slices of banana…
Masapan is similar to the Goan (India) mazpon, and both can be traced to the European marzipan, made with almond paste and sugar or honey. This product is not crunchy.