Mangoes are in season again! Time for mango shakes, ensaladang mangga, and of course, the Pinoy fave, manggang hilaw with alamang! But what if you're craving for it when it's not in season? Don't fret because we've compiled topnotch mango dishes you can delight your palates with any time of the year:
1. Mango Mille Crepe at Paper Moon Café. This crepe cake is one of Emy Wada’s famous specialties in Tokyo's famous pastry boutique chain. The beautifully-crafted crepe cake has arrived on Philippine shores, now made even more exciting with our very own mangoes, thinly sliced, capped off with a bruleed top. We suggest you go all the way and try the mille (20 layers of crepe!). Price: P225/slice (Large, 10-inch), P2,000/whole; P350 (Mini, 3-inch). Locations: G/F Glorietta 3 (across Marks & Spencer); 4/L TriNoma
2. Pollo Buenavista at Café Havana. A platter of well-seasoned grilled chicken breast marinated in secret spices with mixed lettuce, cucumbers, and bell pepper strips on the side is made more delectable and refreshing, not to mention, nutritious, by salsa made of sweet diced mangoes and fresh pears. Price: P425 (good for two). Location: 1/F, Greenbelt 3, Esperanza, Makati City
3. Mango Torte at Dulcelin. This exquisite dessert will surely make you fall in love with mangoes even more with its alternating layers of chewy, crispy nougatine crust and smooth cream, topped with soft and sweet mango balls. Price: P750 (9-inch whole cake) and P1,100 (12-inch). Location: UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave. Q.C. and 36 Times Street, West Triangle, Q.C.
4. Mangga Talaba Salad at Oyster Boy. Guimaras is known for producing the sweetest mangoes in the Philippines and Oyster Boy uses these to give a different kick to this oyster dish. With diced mango, aligue, salted egg, fresh tomatoes, and sinamak or spiced vinegar, Mangga Talaba Salad gives you a taste of Guimaras by the sea. Price: P99. Locations: Greenhills Shopping Center, Cubao, Alabang, and Metrowalk
5. Don Roberto’s Mango Wine. This award-winning winery represented the country in Austria and Belgium to introduce mango wine to the world. Using a secret recipe from Belgian winemakers, Don Roberto incorporated our very own Philippine mango as the main ingredient to produce this world-class product that can compete with grape wines. It has a mix of sweet, exotic, and fruity flavors which will leave you wanting to drink more. Location: Ground Floor Doña Enriqueta Building, 100 Gen. E. Topacio Street, Imus, Cavite
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Photographs from Paper Moon Café PH and Dulcelin's Facebook pages, and Don Roberto’s Winery Corporation’s website. Illustration by Jana Jimenez.