Banana ketchup or banana sauce is a popular Philippine condiment made from mashed banana, sugar, vinegar, and spices. Its natural color is brownish-yellow, but it is often dyed red to resemble tomato ketchup. Banana ketchup was made when there was a shortage of tomato ketchup during World War II, due to lack of tomatoes and a comparatively high production of bananas.
In Filipino households, this condiment is used on just about any dish - omelettes (torta), hot dogs, burgers, fries, fish, char-grilled barbecue pork and chicken skewers, and other meats. Banana ketchup is also a vital and distinct ingredient in Filipino-style bolognese sauce, which is sweeter than the traditional Italian bolognese sauce.