Babagan, A Short Flashback!

I picked one babagan from the barely surviving langka tree. Once again, I feel nostalgic about the days we often climb a similar tree and get the young and small langka fruits called babagan.

The babagan is very much like the full grown jackfruit. Look closer and you’re going to notice the numerous spine. However, they are still too small and soft to cause hand strain. The green skin is covered with numerous yellow dust which are easily removed with hand’s touch or collision with other babagan.

young langka fruit babaganThe loose yellow dust is the sign of babagan’s readiness for harvest. Time for picking, slicing and dipping in chili hot vinegar. Its absence means the young fruit is either too young or over grown.

If a dip is not an option, it can be eaten as is. Biting and chewing it bit by bit brings the astringent taste which seems to make opening and closing the mouth harder.  It is like a glue sticking teeth, tongue and lips. The worse, trying to chew and swallow it fast are likely to make one cough.

small babagan leftoverThe tree where I got the babagan is barely surviving. The numerous tall trees on left side and the tall three-storey building on the right are blocking most of the sunlight.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

While Waiting for Our Buko Pie !

A relatively big bottle barely filled with lambanog. The spirit is infused with whole langka lamukot. I guessed the langka has been there for a long time. It is loosing its yellow color, becoming hairy – a feature that cannot be observed on fresh jackfruit meat. The bottle with lambanog and langka was able to hold my attention and perhaps it is there for the very purpose.

a big lambanog bottleA barbecue flavored banana chips. Banana chips processing is relatively easy. Many are venturing into this type of business and the competition is becoming stiff. Adding barbecue flavor and filling it in a nice looking package are good methods to gain a market edge.

banana chips originala and smoky barbecueUbe Macapuno and Sapin Sapin. A good way to give customers an option in case the ever popular buko pie is not available. Too bad, the two options are not available too. It leave us no choice but to wait over one our before getting our desired buko pie.

ube macapuno and sapin sapin poster

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

The Erratic Langka Candy…

She brought home a glass jar with a candy looking object. I bet it was really a candy cause it was golden brown in color. I opened the jar and the slightly burnt caramel aroma came out. The cook of this commodity might set the temperature too high or cooked it too long.

I got one and munched it. Its like a piece of crumpled carton covered with caramelized sugar. The outside covering is sweet caramel but the inside is bland and tough. It is not recommended for people with weak teeth or those with false teeth.

Do I like this product? I never know the answer cause I ate six pieces in a row. However, I was disappointed to know that it is a langka candy. It never taste like one. The color, texture and flavor are not comparable to real langka.

langka candy in bottle

langka candy

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.