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Feb 27, 2007 03:44 PM

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

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

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

      1. Duh.
        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

          Saging = banana
          Bulaklak = flower


          Cheers, mate!

          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

            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

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

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

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          1. re: flipss

            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

              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.