Monday, December 12, 2011

Fun-day Monday: Mangoong-ing the blues away

Garfield and I are understand each other when it comes to Mondays. Ever since I was able to understand that a Monday is the start of the school week, I began to loathe it with passion.

To remedy this, I promised myself that I will try something new every Monday. This way I can psych myself to look forward to Mondays instead of dreading them like my dog hates her groomer. (I'm betting that when my dog has nightmares, it's her groomer that chases her with shears.)

So today, I tried Mango-ong for the very first time.
Mango-ong is Mango + Bagoong (shrimp paste)










I was a bit hesitant to try it at first as it was a bit pricey, one slice is at Php 20! But my mouth was already watering so I forked over Php 40 so I can get 2 slices, and I chose sweet and spicy as my bagoong flavor.

Luckily Mangoong did not disappoint! It had the same taste as the ones I bought in the streets of Pampanga when I was in grade school. (Note: This was back when the nuns in my school forbade us to buy from street vendors because they said we'd catch Hepa A. The street vendors still had lots of student customers so what the sisters in my school did was that they placed a hidden camera in the streets where the vendors proliferated so they can catch the students red-handed. Then they showed us the vid in one of the school assemblies. I kid you not, it was the kids version of Bitag/Imbestigador.)

The sweet, salty and spicy bagoong danced in my mouth and counteracted the very sour green mango. Perfection. If I was a character in Cooking Masterboy, I'd look something like this:
Face-gasm















But of course, nothing beats the real deal.
Green Mangoes bought from Mr. Sidewalk vendor










So, how are YOU planning to survive your Monday?

35 comments:

michi said...

am really drooling here. i love green mango + bagoong...yum!

Christia's World said...

Sabi kasi sa Cooking Masterboy, ang sour na taste nakakapagpagenerate ng appetite. Yes, obviously adik ako for now sa Cooking Masterboy. Haha!

Sumi Go said...

I saw Mangoong's stall in SM North Skygarden and grabe ang haba ng pila ah! It was a friday night and parang blockbuster movie ang pinipilahan.. haha.. Haven't tried their green mangoes with bagoong yet though. Pero will give it a try since mahirap maghanap ng mangoong vendor sa area namin.. hehe.. :)

Christia's World said...

Medyo may kamahalan nga lang siya. Kay Mr. Mangga vendor sa sidewalk, sa size na yun Php 10 lang. And if you are a bagoong girl, maybe you'd want to request an extra dollop, Php 2 yata. lol

michi said...

napadaan na naman ako sa post mo at naglalaway sa mangga. =)

Christia's World said...

LOL natawa ako sayo michi! MANGGAAAAA

tatess said...

mouthwatering talaga itong post.i can taste the soury and salty taste of mango and shrimp paste.

Clint said...

I'm not into green mangoes but seeing the bagoong makes me wanna taste it. Nakakagutom!

yuuki said...

i miss green mango + bagoong! i remember the street vendors outside school too...masarap pag pag bawal LOL...

Sionee - kindlehearts said...

a mouth watering post! waaaa..i love mangga ang bagoong and all i can do now is to swallow my saliva..LOL! Thanks for sharing! :)

Jonathan said...

Mango + Bagoong/Guinamos = <3.

Thumbs up if the mangoes are from Guimaras!

Ads said...

Nag-sawa na kami sa mangga since we have a lot to trees around my folks' house. We loved them shredded and mixed with bagoong alamang and served as a side dish on lunch.

Christia's World said...

@tatess - hehe, now I also want mangoes again!
@clint - the power of suggestion
@yuuki - correct!
@sionee - sure thing!
@jonathan - ooh, i am not sure though
@ads - we also had a mango tree at home, indian mango though... they wouldnt be so sour and you can eat them with the tiniest pinch of salt

Joy said...

i never liked green mango even noong naglilihi ako with my kids, i like the bagoong minus the mango hehe

Christia's World said...

Wow, really? To each his/her own I guess :)

ralph said...

ito sigurado sa Pilipinas lang... lol. Yahweh bless

kay said...

I survive Mondays with feel good music!

Christia's World said...

Hahahaha! Clever come back there on my comment on your blog Ralph! LOL

Gil Camporazo said...

This kind of food reminds me of my wife's conception of one of our 6 children. Every time I went home after my day's work, I always saw my wife munching a piece raw mango dipped into a shrimp's paste (Bagoong). I couldn't help myself not to join with her in which I got a beat from her. She's selfish! Actually, I love sour-tasting fruits. It perks up my appetite to eat with gusto.

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Christia's World said...

Yeah, I think it is the staple craving for pregnant women as depicted by a lot of Filipino movies. :) Although my mom said that when she was pregnant with me, she could not get enough of fishballs.

Christia's World said...

@kay - What feel good music do you listen to?

PALAGUTOM said...
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PALAGUTOM said...

I dleted my first post dahil mali natype ko! hehe.. anyway...

Iba ka Christia.. if everyone is featuring great rare and famous foods, eto mangga!! Love it!!!!!! May I also feature this in my blog. tnx!

Christia's World said...

Hi Palagutom, Surely :)
Just goes to show how much green mangoes mean to me. LOL

micheatsandshops said...

AHAHHAHAHAAH So funny to come across this post! I've been having Mango-ong almost every day these past few weeks!!! I've been craving and craving for it! hahaahahah Hanggang dito hinahabol pa rin ako! :))

Julie. -- said...

I miss this! THough i love bagoong more with banana, i can't help but drool over this famous street food in Manila.

Gene said...

I am so glad that there are stalls here selling mangoes. I miss eating manggang hilaw bought from sidewalk vendors. I am no longer allowed to eat from street foods kaya sa food stalls in malls na lang ako bumabawi. I love their bagoong pa.

myrnz said...

i love green mango , even without bagoong, with salt, ok na ok sa 'kin ! cheaper if bought from street vendors. ^_^

Jay-agent112778 said...

i agree, nothing beats the real deal

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Ion (Boy Dubai) said...

green mangoes here in dubai are not as tasty as ours, but when my preggy wife saw your post, naku ayun... naghahanap tuloy...

Allen said...

Had a laugh when I saw the reference to cooking master boy! :) I'm glad you liked the dish..I only eat my mangoes yellow :)

Christia's World said...

@micheatandshops - what a long name you have :)
@julie - right with you there
@gene - which bagoong do you buy?
@myrnz - have you tried the salt in baguio with their mangga? you have the option to have it with chili
@jay - ikr
@ion - haha sorry to be a cause of a craving
@allen - lol, you watch it too?

Best Vacation Spots said...

I'm sorry but what's MANGOONG?

is it a cake or something?

sarj said...

hihihi1 manggo-ong rules!!! i miss eating this sa gilid ng kanto ng church namin.yum!

Christia's World said...

Best Vacation Spots - Mangoong is a play with words of the owner of the food cart i guess. Mangga (Mango) + Bagoong (shrimp paste). A popular street food in the RP
Sarj - oh yes, that is the best kind!

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