Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mango Madness

Every year at this time of the year it's mango madness time because mango trees seem to be bearing fruits every where they are grown, from the north of the peninsular to the southern tip; with their varying types of shapes and sweetness.

"Harum Manis" which means "Fragrant Sweetness" when literally translated, is the crave of many mango enthusiasts, because, as it's name suggests, is favoured for its sweetness and fragrance, plus the smoothness of its flesh.

However, being someone who is most of the time different in taste from other people, I somehow do not fancy the "Harum Manis".  I usually prefer the unripe variety which is more sour in taste and crisp in texture.  Of course it being sour, I don't just eat it like that but usually turn it into a simple local salsa.  Any time you have some unripe mangoes in the fridge, make this simple accompaniment!  You need:
  • 3 cups of shredded unripe mango
  • half a carrot, julienned
  • 5 shallots, sliced
  • 3 birds eye chili, chopped
  • 3 squids cut into rings and poached
  • lime juice, fish sauce and sugar to taste
Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Adjust seasoning and serve!

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