ODE TO THE CHOW
What is chow?
Is it an undiscovered fruit ?
Or a meaning masked so well
….Marked so well
On the hearts and taste buds of every Trinbagonian
Unremittingly being hidden like a secret
Kept from the burgeoning taste buds of the international foodie
It is a requited victory to have championed such a taste
Such a unique flavor
Such a prized possession…
But the realest form of this bliss would be ..
The blessing and virtue of sharing this gift
The treasure of this tantalizing chow
… with everyone.
Chow originated in the exotic Caribbean isles of Trinidad and Tobago. Locals use fruits that are near ripe and a series of spices, seasonings, salt and pepper for taste. It can be used as a quick snack or a condiment when serving meals. Please find below a recipe for chow.
2 mangoes (near ripe)
2 grains garlic
2 tbsp shadon beni
½ tsp salt
½ tbsp black pepper
½ tbsp crushed pepper (pepper flakes)
½ tbsp lime juice
- Wash, peel and cut mangoes into pieces
- Peel garlic and grate
- Add mango pieces and seeds to an empty dish
- Add grated garlic, shadon beni, salt, black pepper and crushed pepper
- Add more salt or pepper to suit taste.
Any other fruit can be used in the same way.