Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fresh fruits

Being in Wanchai has its advantages.  We're close to the wet market  and interesting fresh foods come and go.  In the past, I would go to a few major supermarket chains and see what interesting foods were available..   The wet market in Central had interesting vegetables but they were mostly imported ones.
Food is very local in Wanchai. A lot of food is from China. Last month, I saw lots of roselle flowers at the market.   Now it's out of season.  My supplier just gave me rhe last batch of her roselle flowers.   Instead of making a tea, I'm going to marinate them in sugar.  The crunch will still be there but it won't be too sour.   I'll think if what to do with them later.
Dates are in season. I found 2 different dates at the market.   There is a subtle difference between them. One has a crunchier texture but very bland in tsdte. The other us sweeter but softer. Just like comparing granny smith and red delicious.  I wonder how I can use these 2 fruits.
Mini mandarins can also be seen too.   These mandarins are very interesting.   It's eaten whole , along with the skin.  They aren't very juicy, but it's sweet and the peel gives it a very zesty taste. 
With all these interesting fruits out there,  there is a lot of experimental cooking to do now!
Roselle flowers - end of season
Honey dates
mini mandarins

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