Hard-to-Find Good Mangoes and Fruit Tales

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Haha! I bought mangoes from the Russian store nearby. I happen to pass by their fruit counter and I know from that distinctive sweet smell that they gotta be delicious. I wasn’t disappointed. Not sure where they came from as my Mandarin is limited and of course I couldn’t speak a single Russian word.

The other fruits shown here have their own amusing story. We met a suspicious person (we believe she’s an illegal recruiter) who showered us with gifts just so we could let her get through a friend’s personal things left with us. Well duh!

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

6 thoughts on “Hard-to-Find Good Mangoes and Fruit Tales

  1. it’s sunday morning.am just wiping sleep off my eyes.having brewed cofffee. no brunch yet. the first thing i see is a plump, well-ripened, juicy mango.am i dreaming still?
    pinch me please.

  2. :shock: Mangga sa Beijing galing sa Russian na store? Now I’ve heard everything! Palagay ko, since you bought them from a Russian store, those mangoes probably come from either Thailand or Vietnam. Those mangoes look positively luscious, though.

  3. hi everyone! been really busy these days d na ko nakasagot ng mails and comments.

    angelo, i like spring naglabasan lahat ng prutas na hinahanap ko!

    toni & midge, i never thought it really is amusing haha! oo nga naman, pinay buying mangoes (thai maybe?) in a russian store in china! :mrgreen:

    hi grace! thanks for dropping by. d kaya nagkikita tayo d2 lang sa kung saan? :) by the way i sent u an email…

  4. great site! will be looking for some pork pata bukas sa Huadu to try out your paksiw na pata.

    The Huadu Market and Carrefour carry some pretty decent mangoes, especially when their in season (and durian too). What i really miss are atis, but the prices in Beijing are super ridiculous

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