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Green Mango on sticks - pure Filipino cheap thrill

| On 25, Oct 2012

My mom claims that she looked for “green mangoes on stick” when she got pregnant to me. She said that she always wanted to munch on those very sour treats and will only going to buy them to a single vendor. Well, true enough, my appetite for such little-crazy-mouth-watering fellow is just undeniable. I can munch more than five (5) of those in just one order and will still look for more.

There are actually two popular variety of green or unripe mangoes here. The Indian mango which is more common to the Urban communities and probably, most consumed and the “Manggang Kalabaw” which more preferred as ripe. Indian mango are those mangoes that are small, stout, and looks like a heart, while the “Manggang Kalabaw” is longer one.

This blog post will concentrate on the unripe or green “Mangang Kalabaw”. So, keep that tissue to catch waters coming out your mouth. And, for those who are abroad and misses this cheap thrill, forgive me for torturing you guys. lol..

What’s great is that here in the Philippines, there are guys who sell the mangoes for business. They are riding a bicycle where they carry these fruits in transparent glass container filled with water and mangoes on stick and will roam around the streets in the Philippines. For them to let people know that they are in the place they have this metal material that that hey will hit to create a unique sound ha will echo around. The sound that hey made reminds me of a hitting a casserole.

They are selling the mangoes on stick for P3.00 to P5.00 only. For the 3-peso is a 1/4 of a green mango and the 5-peso measures 1/2 of the mango – a treat hat even kids can afford.

There is also a free bagoong or sauteed shrimp paste with lots of brown sugar. For me, this is quite very good tandem as the shrimp paste neutralizes the sour taste of the green mango. What will the vendors will do is that they will spread the shrimp paste on the flat surface of the green mango. The mango is like a spoon that catches the shrimp paste, then, all you have to do is munch down.

I have this “suki” (vendor to whom you always buy) and he just knows what I want. I love the “manibalang”  which are in between unripe and ripe where you can already see yellow parts in the flesh, but maintained it’s sour taste and crunchiness.

My suki used to pass by our area at around 4:00 p.m. and that’s the time that I’m not doing anything and willing to run every time I heard the sound that he made.

According to my suki, he imports the mangoes that he used to sell from Pangasinan as well as the shrimp paste. Which is great, as my mom and dad are both natives of Pangasinan. Based on my observations when we took a vacation on my mom’s place, the green mango trees are just everywhere.

I used to buy 3 pieces of these mangoes for P15.00 (.4 USD) and will just ask my suki to put the shrimp paste inside a separate plastic bag, then will use the mango to scoop some shrimp paste and then eat.

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I am Ringo and allow me to say not an ordinary man. I’ve been working home base since 2009 and as of now, has no plans of returning to corporate. Web designer. Frustrated chef. Foodie. Good son (ehem!). Good father (to two labrador retrievers). And, a servant of God.


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