I love mangoes and all things mango-flavoured – mango juice, mango cake, mango candy, mango ice cream, mango jello, mango macaroons – well, you get the idea. One time I even ate 30 mangoes in one week! By the end of it I thought I was turning into a Giant Mango. So of course when I was taken to a shop in Hong Kong dedicated to mango desserts and all things mango, there was no stopping me from indulging myself. The one I went to is called Hui Lau Shan and you can find them all over the city. It was mango heaven. Mango pieces in a mango-ey syrup with mango ice cream and glutinous rice balls. What more could a mango junkie ask for?!
They also had really gorgeous peach pudding with an oozing sweet yoghurty thing.
When talking about mango, one is not a true mango lover if one does not talk about mango from the Phillippines. I can’t wait to visit that country to try their fresh mango. As yet, I’ve only had their dried mango from friends who made a trip there. They don’t bother with souvenirs anymore, food will do. I was delighted to find some packs of Phillippines mango the other day. Aside from the fact they are outrageously pocket-burningly expensive here, they were so delicious I practically inhaled them. Western dried mango is nothing but a tasteless, shrivelled up, tough-to-chew piece of leather.
Then of course, there is a favourite mango story.
I was going through the most stressful few weeks, struggling to finish what was my non-thesis. I’m so glad I’ve left writing research and literature reviews behind me, for now at least. I was buried in what felt like a tsunami of papers, typing frantically away at my computer while killing whole forrests in the process. For weeks, my family had to put up with a little grouchy brat who could not even crack a smile. Then this came…
I felt so loved. Then I also felt very sorry for being so unlovable. It took two mangoes and two hours to cut out all those heart shapes.
Just doing my part to spread a little mango love =).
What’s this? Never tried mango? Get your butt over here right this instant, I’ll have to sort you out.