Mango chow is a tangy, spicy street food in Trinidad and Tobago. It combines green or half-ripe mangoes, seasonings, and spices to create a delicious snack.
Chow? What’s That?
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.
I’ve talked about pineapple chow before. It’s one of my favorites! Another favorite of mine is this mango chow recipe.
How to Make Mango Chow
It’s close to Christmas time now and it’s the season for sorrel and citrus. Our grapefruit tree has been bearing like crazy. We’ve had so much excess that hubby has been sharing them with his coworkers.
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Now, why am I talking about grapefruits?
Well, one of hubby’s coworkers brought a few Julie mangoes for him as a thank you. It’s not the time for mangoes. But this tree bore fruit out-of-season. No complaints here!
I love mangoes – especially Julie mangoes. They are large mangoes that are extremely sweet when ripe and slightly sour (but still edible and delicious) when unripe.
The mangoes we got 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 chilis, jalapeños and black pepper. Scotch bonnet peppers are also favorites for this recipe. 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
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.
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