Wherefore salted plums?
- tatamagouche Apr 16, 2009 11:23 AM
Holy crap. I bought a bag (dried). Ate one. I love salt. I lick salt. This was spittingly AWFUL. Not to mention hard. Are you supposed to rinse or macerate 'em first?
Nah, you just suck on them dry. :)
One thing I love is to get some of the dried salted plums that come in pieces without the pit, slice up a tomato, and stab the pieces into the tomato.
Salted plum powder is used as a common flavoring for fruit in Taiwan.
Pop a few salted plums into a glass with Sprite or 7-up and you can make the salted plum drink you find in most Vietnamese restaurants.
There are lots of different kinds. The ones I like are the red ones which are completely dry and hard. Then you get ones that are varying degrees of fleshy. Some of them are actually wet, but still can be called salted plums.
In Taiwan, one of the things you see a lot is food carts selling cherry tomatoes stuffed with a piece of black salted plum which is of the wetter, sweeter variety.
One of my favorite candies as a kid is a dry salted plum encased in maltose. You can actually buy a little tub of maltose and make that yourself or buy them pre-wrapped. I've seen Japanese versions of this candy as well.
Salt with fruit, drinks, or desserts is something that a lot of non-Asians have a hard time getting used to.