One of the best parts about SE Asia is the amazing selection of fruits. The Philippines had some amazingly fresh and delicious fruit and we made sure to have some every day! Bananas, Apple Mango, Water Melon, Purple Mangosteens…
But of all the fruits, my favorite is mangoes. I absolutely love them and can’t get enough of them. They are really expensive in Korea so we don’t get them very often but they were cheap and in abundance in the Philippines so I was extremely happy. They incorporated them into a few interesting dishes and I simply had to try it. Both of the dishes we tried with mango unexpectedly placed turned out to be pretty darn good.
Dish 1: Mango & Sausage Pizza (those orangey slices are mangos – decorating the pizza and adding a unique flavor)
Dish 2: Mango Splits (they used mango in place of bananas)
Here we are enjoying our last dinner together in the Philippines…
Before we left, there was one more fruit that we had to try – Durian, aka the “King of Fruits”. I’ve only heard of Durian being available in SE Asia and it has quite the reputation for being extremely pungent yet delicious. In fact, we had heard that it had been described as if “like eating sweet raspberry blancmange in the lavatory” – after that description, how could you not buy one immediately?! There are other descriptions just as interesting if you read the wikipedia page on it. We also saw signs with a picture of a durian with a big X on it in our hotel in Thailand and we’ve heard there are similar signs in the Singapore subways. We had seen it in the markets and decided to be adventurous so the boys headed out to the market and came back with a Durian and some machetes. Yes, I said machetes – how else would you chop up the king of fruits?!
It all went down in the gazebo near our hotel and Ben cut into it. That pungent smell we had heard about immediately filled the area which made us rethink our idea to take a bite; however, we had come too far to turn back now, so we all took a bite. One bite was enough, though – it was mushy and had an extremely unique taste – I really wish I could come up with more but its indescribable…it really is – you’ll understand if/when you try it.
None of us enjoyed our little taste so we saw some Filipino kids hanging around and asked if they had heard of Durian. Their eyes lit up and we brought it over to them and they ran off to eat it. At least our fruit purchase didn’t go to waste and instead went to those who will enjoy it. All in all, it was a great end to a wonderful vacation. This trip to the Philippines will go down in history as one of our favorite memories – enjoying the local life, riding in tricycles, learning to scuba dive, driving around the island, eating an entire feast of fresh shrimp, relaxing at the beach, and swimming with the whale sharks. It was all incredible…truly incredible. I can’t wait for our next big adventure together!