Mango chow is a sweet, tangy and spicy street food in Trinidad and Tobago. It combines half-ripe or ripe mango pieces, seasonings, and spices to create a delicious, healthy snack.
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What is chow?
For the most part, chow is a popular street food in Trinidad and Tobago. It is made with salt, pepper, fresh seasonings and pieces of fruit and/or veggies that are (usually) in season.
How to Make Mango Chow
It’s mango season here in the Caribbean and I’m lucky enough to have lots of trees close by. There is starch mango – a small, sweet, fibrous mango – that is hubby’s favorite. It’s my parents’ favorite too so it’s tough to wrangle a few starch mangoes to make chow.
My favorite variety is Julie mango, considered the queen of mangoes. It’s larger, sweeter, and far less fibrous when ripe and has a mild floral taste too. Unripe mangoes are also edible but are not sweet.
Here are a few I picked from my tree.
Mango chow ingredients
These mangoes ranged from half ripe to ripe. So, I used both in this recipe – the sweet and slightly sour were perfect contrasting flavors.
For seasonings, I used culantro (also called chadon beni), salt, pepper, and lime juice. If you do not have culantro, then cilantro is a wonderful substitute. As for pepper, you can use fresh pimentos, chilis, jalapeños and black pepper. Scotch bonnet peppers are also favorites for this recipe.
Or use your favorite pepper sauces. Here are a couple from Amazon:
Lastly, minced garlic is usually used in chow but I’m not the biggest fan of its strong flavor.
Here’s a look at what I used.
Mango Chow Recipe
Simple Mango Chow Recipe
- 2 mangoes, cubed (half-ripe mangoes work best)
- 5 – 10 leaves culantro (use cilantro as a substitute)
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
- salt (to taste)
- pepper (to taste) (optional)
- Peel and cut mango into small, bite-sized pieces.
- Chop culantro or cilantro leaves.
- Mix all ingredients.
- Serve chilled.
So ditch the junk food and have a wonderful bowl of mango chow. You’ll satisfy your hunger and have a healthy snack to boot. That’s a win-win!
Want more chow recipes? Here are a few: