Manggang Hilaw at Bagoong (Green Mango and Shrimp Paste)

I had a eureka moment at the Asian supermarket last Wednesday.  Finally, they had green mangoes (mangang hilaw as we call it in the Philippines) that weren’t all bruised and mushy.  The last 2 or 3 times we went to the supermarket, my heart sank whenever I saw that the green mangoes weren’t good enough to be taken home.  This time, I went home victorious!  Woot woot!

Ever since I was a little girl, I was already fond of green mangoes…yes, mangoes that are unripe. :D  The greener, the more unripe and the more sour, the better.  My Mom, on the other hand, likes green mangoes that already have a tinge of yellow so they are no longer as sour.  In the Philippines (and according to Wiki) there are four mango varieties: Indian Mango, Kinalabaw or Mangang Kalabaw, Pico and Apple Mango. I like the Kinalaw best.  It’s the most sour when still green!  Hee hee. :)

I can snack on green mangoes.  And I can eat it with rice, too.  Either way, there has to be bagoong (shrimp paste)!  Here in the US, we buy the Kamayan brand of bagoong.

It is ready to be served, but some still saute it in garlic and onions.

Ahhh, mangang hilaw at bagoong…such a simple pleasure.  They never fail to put a smile on my face…and my tummy, too!  Hee hee. ;)


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7 Responses to “Manggang Hilaw at Bagoong (Green Mango and Shrimp Paste)”

  1. betchai says:

    i am like your mom, i prefer the one with a little bit yellow so that it won’t be too sour :) but yeah, i love mangoes, but i prefer them ripe :)

    but for green, i can take it only in salad, with shrimp bago-ong, lots of tomatoes and onions, and i would have to chop the mango so that i can camouflage the sourness with the tomatoes and onions.

    anyway, i love your picture of the green mango, now, makes me want green mango juice.

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    munchkinmommy Reply:

    Hi Betchai! Oh I love ripe mangoes, too! I am partial to Philippine mangoes though and I can’t eat a mango here in the US without my mind drifting off to Pinas and sighing, “Gosh, I miss my Pinas manga!” Hee hee. We love ensaladang manga, too..green mangoes with bagoong and tomatoes. I prefer it without onions because I’m not such a huge fun of uncooked onions. Now that you mentioned it, it’s been a while since I had green mango juice. As a little girl, that was my beverage of choice at Kamayan. Hee hee. Thanks for dropping by, Betchai! :D

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  2. i forgot how good these combo tasted until i saw them here, grabe sana talaga kapitbagay kita!

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    munchkinmommy Reply:

    Hi Em! Ilang beses na akong nagtangkang bumili ng manggang hilaw, kaso laging overripe na! Kaya last week, natuwa talaga ako! At ang lalaki! Hee hee! Lipat na sa Austin! :D

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  3. Meeya says:

    ako rin, the more hilaw the better. yum!

    anong klaseng mangoes yan? ang meron lang na na-try namin from the asian stores ay mexican and haitian. wala eh, iba talaga ang lasa kesa sa mga manggang kalabaw and piko na pinipitas namin from our backyard sa pampanga. :) basta, ibang-iba talaga ang mangga ng pinas!

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    munchkinmommy Reply:

    Hi Mee! Ang sabi ng friend ko sa akin, sa Mexico daw nanggagaling ang mga mangga dito eh. It tasted like Indian mangoes pero kasing laki ng manggang kalabaw. :D At talaga, iba ang mangga ng Pinas! *insert buntong hininga here* :D

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  4. Yum! I miss that. Although I like the semi ripe mangoes too. The more bagoong for me the better :)

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