Thursday, May 26, 2011


Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post back in March, but didn't publish it because I wanted to explain where the heck I've been all this time first. Well it turned out that I didn't even have time to tell you I haven't had time to blog (except I just did, I guess). So here's a post about mangoes instead.

A couple weekends ago I was suckered into buying 11 mangoes while making a trip to Kmart for some necessities. As one of my favorite fruits, mangoes could be considered a necessity. Probably not 11 of them, but that's how the guys were selling them.

Yes, I bought them from guys that were selling them out of the back of a van along with oranges (they are there every weekend and seem to have more fruit offerings every time I go -- this past weekend, they had pineapples!).

They were all extremely ripe (in fact, that's why I bought them -- I couldn't resist after sampling a wedge), so I had to figure out how to use them up before they went bad. I took this as an opportunity to use them in dishes I've always wanted to try out but never have because every time my family has bought mangoes, we just cut them up and simply eat them as is, or with mom-made rujak, as Indonesians often do.

Because I've mentioned it: Rujak is a spicy and sweet condiment/sauce made from ground tamarind and hot red chilies. It looks like brown sludge, but is terrific with juicy and fresh veggies and fruits, like jicama, pineapple or mmmango. Also, it is best when made by Indonesian moms that are related to me.

Anyway, since I didn't have any rujak on hand, I decided to make the following with my mango bounty:
  • Mahi-mahi tacos with mango-cucumber salsa
  • Mango-tango sorbet
I also made tandoori chicken with mango-jasmine rice, but basically followed this recipe. And I cut up the rest of the MMMMANGOES to eat as is. So sweet and juicy and delicious.

Recipes after the jump!