Tropical Cooking with Travel Man: Appetizer/Side Dish #1 - Pickled Papaya

Overview on pickling fruits and vegetables

Pickling had been used as an earliest way of food preservation for vegetables. The mixture is usually composed of excess vegetables submerged in brine solution. This will be used later as side-dish or appetizer especially when there's meat dishes to suppress the fat aftertaste.

The first of July saw me picking green papaya to make a pickle out of it. I've been used to different kinds of pickles. Shredded cucumber sweet pickle is usually mixed with mayonnaise and used as sandwich spread. Western pickle (mixture of carrots, cauliflower, celery stalks,potato, cucumber)is good as appetizer due to its salty taste.

Filipino cooks tried modifying it, so I became acquainted with its sweet-sour taste. It's more milder than those pickles in brine solution. You have to wash it first to remove excessive salty taste.

My special sweet-sour solution is 1:2:3 (salt, vinegar and sugar mixture).

Pickled Papaya (Photo by Travel Man)
Pickled Papaya (Photo by Travel Man)

Ingredients:

  • 3 small green papaya, cleaned and shredded, excess papain removed
  • 1 medium-sized carrot, julienned with fancy cuts
  • ginger roots, julienned
  • 1 whole garlic, shredded
  • 1 whole onion, shredded
  • 2-3 green and red long pepper, seeded and julienned
  • black pepper, coarsely ground
  • salt-vinegar-sugar mixture with little amount of water



Procedure:

  1. Simmer first the salt and sugar solution with 4 cups of water.

  2. Put the shredded green papaya, until half-done.

  3. Add the rest of the ingredients.

  4. Add the vinegar when done. This should be last to avoid having a hard-to-bite mixture.

  5. Cool and refrigerate.

Green Papaya (Photo by Travel Man)
Green Papaya (Photo by Travel Man)
Manual Vegetable Shredder (Photo by Travel Man)
Manual Vegetable Shredder (Photo by Travel Man)
The Shredding Stage (Photo by Travel Man)
The Shredding Stage (Photo by Travel Man)
Shredded Papaya (Photo by Travel Man)
Shredded Papaya (Photo by Travel Man)
Additional Vegetables and Spices for Pickled Papaya (Photo by Travel Man)
Additional Vegetables and Spices for Pickled Papaya (Photo by Travel Man)

What's with Tropical Cooking series?

Since I live in a tropical country, Philippines, I am promoting a series of recipes that you can adopt, innovate or apply if you're interested.

I featured tropical cooking thru:

  1. Main Dishes
  2. Side Dishes
  3. Dessert
  4. Beverages

Once I cook something in our kitchen, I am able to contribute it here on HubPages.

I even made a food blog for a more intensive appreciation about tropical food. In there, my food journey takes place, especially on the local food sources.

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thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

Two thumbs up for you, travel man. Pickled papaya with its sweet-sour-salty taste is awesome! I can also use it as pickled papaya spread on my toasted sliced bread! Yummy!


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earthbound1974 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Loved it! I miss eating meat dish coupled with pickled papaya. It's still free when you buy pork barbecue from street food vendors.


mib56789 5 years ago

Another HUB for my Facebook page. I would like to just click the Facebook like button but sometimes if I don't use the link the pictures won't show up. Sometimes I post the link and come back later and click the Facebook like button too. Sometime I post a link to my page and to my profile. Whatever! However! I'm singing your praises travel_man1971.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@thesailor: What a bright idea you have there. So, instead of orange marmalade in the morning, you can use papaya pickle as spread for the toasted bread. Thanks!!!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@earthbound1974: Thanks for your appreciation. I might as well bring you some (LOL!). I'm preserving a bottle of pickle papaya when I go to Manila.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@mib56789:Thanks for linking it again on your Facebook page. I hope to bring you some, but the distance didn't permit. I still have a bottle of pickle papaya in the fridge. :D

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