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Snake and Vegetables

Vegetables and snake at the market in Luang Prabang.

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Takway

Most delicious vegetable on earth – Lana

Upo

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Upo hanging above the eggplant plantation

Upo growing beside the kubo, in the vegetable plantation barrio somewhere in Rosario, La Union.

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Talinum

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This post is dedicated to my talinum plants, my leafy vegetable source for my rice meals.

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Talinum salad

Kabayan Okoy

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Vegetable okoy (fritter)

In a town where commercial vegetable farming is the livelihood of the folks apart from guide services in hiking Mt Pulag, it’s no wonder then that their okoy variation is vegetarian. Okoy is shrimp fritter normally, but there’s no shrimp in Kabayan, so what they have is vegetable okoy.

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Translation: Vegetable okoy for a complete life

Visually, I was able to discern grated carrots only because I was too hungry to find out the rest of the ingredients. I ate two pieces of hot okoy. I got one each from the two vendors situated strategically near the gate of Mt Pulag National Park at the ranger station. It was the best okoy I had probably because I just came from a long mountain hike and was longing for a hot meal.

A Tribute to Langka, Papaya, & Mango

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A guest house welcome sign on a jackfruit tree

Langka (jackfruit) is normally cooked as vegetable when unripe as in the ginataang langka of the Philippines, or the gudeg of Yogyakarta. It is typically eaten raw when ripe, though usually candied if used as dessert ingredient – halo-halo for instance. This is royalty in the kingdom of fruits.

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Undoubtedly a tropical fruit tree

Similarly, a papaya fruit when unripe is usually cooked as vegetable in tinolang manok for example and eaten raw when reddish or golden ripe. The green unripe papayas are also grated and made into delectable salad like the one I had in Thailand, or it can be pickled, as in atchara. Give me papaya over apple or oranges anytime.

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Very sweet Zambales mangoes

And here is one reason why I won’t leave the Philippines – mango. I have tried mangoes in other countries but not one of them can beat the taste of Philippine mangoes. The moment I tasted its sweet ripe meat, all political ugliness of the country became tolerable.

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This is the normal way to serve ripe mango though it is more fun to just peel off the soft skin and bite…juices dripping

Edible Winter Ornamental Plant

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I have noted the presence of potted kale in various places in Japan this winter. From what I gather this vegetable is frost resistant and that is why it is pretty common at winter time though not for eating but for the beautification of their doorsteps.

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Gulay Bundles

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Gulay bundles at the talipapa or palengke are tied together nowadays by rubber band. Because of that, I’ve accumulated plenty of elastics from regular gulay buying. Bundles of gulay are often priced in multiples of five starting from five pesos and most belong in this cheapest set. Examples of gulay in five peso bundle are okra, sitaw, alugbati, saluyot, kangkong, malunggay, and pechay.

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Green Eggplant

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Nine months ago, I got couple of eggplant seedlings from a palengke vendor in Tagaytay. Turns out to be green eggplant which is even better.

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I’ve planted the seedling in one container only but so far it yielded 6 green eggplants already and still continues to flower.

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Golasiman

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Golasiman shows its beauty and generosity a few hours each day in its happiest time - when the sun is up . See the tiny bee? He too is happy

Everyday, the flowers will open when the sun is up. A signal for the tiny bees to feed and a pretty sign for me to leave for the office. A few hours  afterwards, the flowers will close while the plant continues to worship the sun throughout the day.

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Very easy to propagate, just cut and plant. It will then root. See the tiny bees in the yellow ones?

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A closer look of the flower and its edible leaves

Tokyo Snapshots: Ameyoko Market

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Fish vendor in towel-wrapped head

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Another fish vendor

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Fruit and vegetable vendor

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Tako (octopus)

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Takoyaki (octopus balls)

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A temple (Tokudai-ji) within the market street

Himbabao

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At Lipa City public market, several tables were selling this unfamiliar edible flower vegetable that the vegetable lady to whom I bought some educated me on its name, how they call it in Batangas, and what its Ilocano name, and on how to cook. One can’t get this kind of knowledge transfer from a supermarket staff.

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Boil tomatoes and salted dried fish, add himbabao and season with salt. The broth will become a little bit thick and deliciously slimy

It turns out that the himbabao or alocon ( in Ilocano) is even better in taste than sitaw (string beans). It turns out too that I like it very much.

Kulitis

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Kulitis plant (amaranth) in my tiny container garden, my source of green leafy vegetable for viands such as tinolang isda, munggo soup (with malunggay from garden), tinolang manok and for anything else that needed leaves. This plant grows anywhere even in poor soil condition. Not so many know it’s edible. My neighbor says it’s a weed understandably because kulitis is such an underutilized crop in the country.

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Repurposed bamboo from binungey kakanin I had in Bolinao as container for my kulitis plant

Edible plants such as kulitis is my kind of vegetable, those warm weather ones, those pinakbet and Bahay Kubo ones that grow in lowlands and not those lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, not those highland high value sort, you know those Ceasar salad kind even if I live and work in the city.

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Bilong bilong tinola with kulitis

Urban Micro Garden

A vegetable trellis and container vegetable garden at the roof deck of that building across from where I am in Ho Chi Minh City.
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Guso

There are a number of vinegar based salad variations all over the country and guso is one of the main ingredients of this type of salad.

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I prefer the crunchiness of this sea vegetable over lettuce

Vegetables in Batac Market

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Squash flowers

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Tomatoes

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Ampalaya leaves

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Takway. I like this in laswa (an Ilonggo vegetable soup)

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Kabaskabas according to the vendor. I got some and included it in pinakbet. Similar to sigarilyas in taste only better

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Garlic is really abundant in Northern Luzon

Alugbati

Alugbati is a wonderful green leafy vegetable that tastes good and very easy to grow.

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Growing alugbati in a micro garden

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Alugbati soup with fresh shrimps, eggplant, string beans and squash

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Alugbati salad with dried dilis, tomatoes and onions

Watercress in Cordillera

Watercress

Watercress can be sautéed, or added in soups, or eaten as salad

Watercress is very abundant in Cordillera and therefore a household or restaurant staple in that region.

Talong talong

If I heard it right, then talong talong is what the vendor in the public market call this vegetable which according to her is a small eggplant, bitter in taste and can be used as substitute for ampalaya.
Talong talong
Talong talong

Fresh Food

Fresh seafood stall in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island side

Fresh seafood stall in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island side

Wholesale vegetable market in Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon side

Wholesale vegetable market in Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon side

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