Paho - A Summer Side Dish

Summer is here and so are paho.  But wait, what is paho?  A variety of mango that is much smaller than their cousins, the piko and kalabaw variety, these mangoes are actually not underdeveloped.  They are the "fun size" version (about an inch or so long) of your regular mangoes.  But do not be fooled by their size, these babies are packed with flavor and aroma.   They are native here in the Philippines and very popular in Batangas during summer.  I always look forward to eating them because they have got a very short season, lasting only weeks to about a month.Paho - A Summer Side Dish



These dill-like smelling mangoes  are usually eaten raw, like your usual unripe mangoes.  They are the perfect side dish for your grilled meat or fish.  How to eat them?  Just slice the fruit in half, lengthwise, just like you would with avocado then remove the seed.  Slice each half into strips.  I warn you, your kitchen will smell like dill!  Here are some combinations you can try with paho.  You can eat paho with the famous bagoong Balayan from Batangas (fermented fish in salt), chopped tomatoes, and onions.
Paho - A Summer Side Dish
You can also try this combination, instead of bagoong, you can use, bagoong alamang (shrimp paste - a salty relish with tiny shrimps),  paho, tomatoes, and onions.  I suggest you get the spicy version of the bagoong alamang for an even more tasty side dish.
Paho - A Summer Side Dish
Paho is also perfect with steamed fish.  This is how Batanguenos usually eat their paho.  Just cook your fish in salt and water with some kind of acid (paasim) which could vary from sampalok, dried kamyas, or vinegar.  They also put some pork fat together with the fish with the fat rendering as it cooks making the "sauce" oh so delicioso!  Add that sauce to your paho, tomatoes, and onion.  Uhm, more rice please! :)
Paho - A Summer Side Dish

This last combination is my favorite!  Just cut the salted egg in half then scoop out the contents with a spoon.  Mix it to your paho-tomato-and-onion combo and you are done!  I love it when the salted egg is mantikado (the natural oils from the egg produced from soaking it brine solution for I believe longer than the usual).
Paho - A Summer Side Dish

Here's how I served the paho that I bought at the market today.  They are still kind of expensive for as they are still rare.  This is the first time I saw them at the market so definitely the first picks of the season! Yummy! Peak season will be last week of March until April.
Paho - A Summer Side Dish

Are you familiar with paho?  How do you eat them?
What food reminds you of summer?  I'd love to know!
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30 comments:

  1. Super yummy! And right away, I can see one advantage of knowing where you get your fruits : you don't need to peel off the skin. Beautiful salad, Angel! Kakainggit!
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  2. I like it with red egg, yeah more rice please!!!

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  3. I love green mangoes!! I'm not sure though if I've tried/eaten Paho. I wish I live in Batangas, we have relatives there with lots of Mango trees and they don't seem to care about the fruits! Sawa na siguro, hehe.

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    1. yes, most of the people here are sawa na but not me, fave ko green mangoes, mas maasim mas masarap! karamihan dito pede hingiin nalang sa neighbors!

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  4. I love eating salted egg with tomatoes too. I usually pair it with Tuyo or Tinapa. I saw that you're from Batangas. I'm a fellow Batanguenyo, I grew up in Batangas City. :)

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    1. uy! i'd love to add you on batangas bloggers. message me! i'm from batangas city too! happy to meet a fellow batanguena ;)

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  5. The dish sounds so yummy..it looks great too...thx for sharing honey...:-)

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  6. That looks very interesting, I haven't tried paho but it sounds tasty (I love dill :D ). Great post, I love discovering new foods/things :)

    Paula
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  7. Nice! I never knew there was paho. I love mangoes so much! Anything with mango is <3. :))

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    1. thanks mikee :) they're more of a delicacy daw. i'm sure you'll love paho!

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  8. pampaganang kumain.. kahit anong pritong ulam wala itong aatrasan =) i'll do this on weekend!

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    1. korek with a big check sis! :) thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I love your blog so much
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    I invite you to follow me in GFC
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    1. thanks girl! followed you already. love your blog!

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  10. Wow nice dish .

    Thanks for sharing . Anyway mind for following each other ? Pls tell me so i can follow you back

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  11. i've never tried paho yet. well, maybe i did pero hindi ko lang alam what it was called then.:) but that side dish looks yummy! anything with salted eggs and tomatoes is a winner in my books. hehe!

    followed you back on GFC too.

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    1. thanks :) followed you on GFC and bloglovin. love your blog layout!

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  12. I've never heard about paho, but it seems to be very yummy !
    I'm hungry now...

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    1. thanks mushii! it's yummy indeed! :)

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  13. I have never heard about this fruit before, the dish looks super yummy! You always have so amazing photos :)

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    1. thanks for your kind words maria :) i do my best to come up with the nicest photos i could share, trying to improve them still.

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  14. Oh my god! I'm from Batangas too! I mean, Lipa City. And we have paho growing in our backyard. Hihi. I'm so glad you dropped by my blog.
    (^^,)

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    1. lucky duck! pede pumunta senyo? hehehe! thanks for stopping by sis :) definitely followed you.

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