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What are these called? (pictures taken at Manila Oriental Market in San Francisco)

grocerytrekker Feb 27, 2007 03:44 PM

I don't know the names of these items pictured below.
Anyone? In Tagalog, English, or any language.

The contents in the second picture seem to be dried anchovy-sized fish.

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    zataar RE: grocerytrekker Feb 27, 2007 03:47 PM

    The first picture looks like a banana blossom to me. I'm not sure about the second picture.

    1. Sam Fujisaka RE: grocerytrekker Feb 27, 2007 03:58 PM

      Ang isa, bulaklak ng saging. Ang iba, hindi ko alam--at hindi pa-pareja ang mga kahit ano! (Same response as above)

      1. grocerytrekker RE: grocerytrekker Feb 27, 2007 04:03 PM

        Of course it's a banana blossom. Now I feel like a kid who doesn't know where veal comes from. How many banana blossom salads I must have had. There weren't many (actually, any) banana plants in our neighborhood in Singapore... ahem.

        Sam, impressive... is that for real? I don't know a word of Tagalog if that is what it is. Thanks. Which word is for banana blossom?

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        1. re: grocerytrekker
          Sam Fujisaka RE: grocerytrekker Feb 27, 2007 04:12 PM

          Saging = banana
          Bulaklak = flower


          Cheers, mate!

          1. re: Sam Fujisaka
            pilinut RE: Sam Fujisaka Feb 27, 2007 10:25 PM

            Very good, Sam!

            One more similar term in Tagalog/Pilipino for bulaklak ng saging is "puso ng saging." Literally "heart of banana".

            1. re: pilinut
              Sam Fujisaka RE: pilinut Feb 28, 2007 08:32 AM

              Ano ba, "Very good"? Filipino ako'y... (ok, ok...maniwala, lang).

        2. flipss RE: grocerytrekker Feb 27, 2007 04:39 PM

          other photo with banana leaves basket, could it be suman?

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          1. re: flipss
            pilinut RE: flipss Feb 27, 2007 10:20 PM

            I have no idea what's in the basket, but it's not suman, although suman is wrapped in banana leaves. Suman are packets of rice, sometimes flavored, very tightly wrapped in banana leaves and steamed or boiled. They are usually cylindrical (usually sized to be 1 - 3 pieces to a serving), though they can be pillow- or pyramid-shaped, like the Malay ketupat which I'm sure grocerytrekker would have been familiar with from Singapore. (I believe that the Thais and Vietnamese also have delicacies very similar to suman.)

            1. re: pilinut
              Sam Fujisaka RE: pilinut Feb 28, 2007 08:34 AM

              Pyramid-shaped suman is the closest thing to musubi there is, for those of us who like musubi. They are sold hanging by thin, flexible bamboo or pandan strips in local markets. Good for o-bento.

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