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Friday, April 27, 2012

green mangos and jaeow

It’s an addiction I can’t seem to kick since I’ve been back from my trip. When you have tons of mangos all around you and you just can’t wait for them to get ripe and sweet, what do ya do? you pick them green and eat them tart and whip up a dip (jaeow) that’s sweet, savory and spicy.

Not just mangos too, anything tart really. Growing up in Canada we adapted this snack to what was around, tart crab apples worked as did firm granny smith apples. This recent trip far east and there was no need to make do, the real deal and I’d snack on green mangos all day long, everyday. The Keo mango variety hands down my favorite

and tart gooseberries fresh off the tree works too.

Sweet Savory Spicy Jaeow (Dip)

1 1/2 Tbsp fish sauce

2 Tbsp coconut sugar (coconut or palm sugar is ideal, any kind of sugar will work though)

1 tsp ba daek (an anchovy based sauce, if you don’t have this sauce just replace it with fish sauce)

1 tsp roasted Thai chili flakes (optional, more or less depending on how spicy you’d like it)

2 tsp roasted rice powder

1 large shallot (thinly sliced)

a few fresh thinly sliced Thai bird’s eye chilis (optional, more or less depending on how spicy you’d like it)

1. Mix everything together, the sugar should dissolve some.

Back home and I’m making do, I found a firm, not nearly ripe mango at the market, it’s still too on the yellow side but at least it’s firm, they really should be green and firm for this snack. Peel the skin off of the mango, slice it up any which way, dip each piece into the dip as you would do with carrot sticks and ranch dressing.