Ginanggang is a snack made from a kind of banana called Saba that is grown primarily in the Philippines, and is widely used in local cuisine. Peeled and skewered bananas are grilled over charcoals. The name "Ginanggang" is a Cebuano word literally meaning "grilled". When lightly charred bananas are taken off the grill to be brushed with margarine, and sprinkled with sugar. It tastes good both warm and cold.
Originally, this delicacy comes from the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. It remains a popular street food there. One of the best places where you can enjoy the sweet snack is the Ginanggang Festival celebrated every second Sunday of May in the town of Tubod, Lanao del Norte. Locals hold this celebration in order to honour San Isidro Labrador, the patron of farmers.
Though Ginanggang is the favourite Saba banana snack, there're other street foods made from Saba bananas. Make sure to also try saba banana chips, and a banana cue—a fried banana coated in caramelized sugar.