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2006.07.11

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Cupcake

Hmmm ... I've given up on local tomatoes. I now use the Italian canned variety - far tastier than any tomato that we get here. The prob with tomatoes in Malaysia is that we pick them when they are still a pale orange in colour. Since they are not allowed to ripen on the vine, the flavour suffers, I think. Try buying them at the market where they may be cheaper and ripening them slowly at home yourself by placing them in a well-ventilated container in the kitchen.

I hardly ever have probs with Streamyx tho.

Cupcake

Phil

I feel your tomato pain. In desperation for some bruschetta with tomato and basil, last year I resorted to growing my own roma tomatoes from seeds that a friend sent to me in Cambodia, so that I could ripen them on the vine. I think my landlord thought that I was completely insane.

WTJ

luckily i don like tomato, but i've a lot of comments on that lime and lemon thing

RST

Hmmm. I think we've discussed this before elsewhere. Asians just simply do not use tomatoes that way: i.e. sweet, ripe. In fact, it is often used as a souring agent-a *mild* souring component of course-with not quite the sourness that tamarind or the santol fruit or green mango or the kamias(Averrhoa belimbi) provide.

DeV|LisH

Yes! i definately agree with your opinion on the poor services given my streamyx. It really sucks nowadays and from what i've heard our line are damn slow because............. usually at overseas if their server only can accomodate 50 slots then they just put 50 but ours if max 50 they can accomodate like MORE THAN THAT. So of cos our line getting slower each day. When raining then my area no signal i wonder what they doing.

I never bother talk to the customer care cos USELESS they always tell me the same thing maybe your pc? i was like u take me as a fool just becos u there i'm here then u keep telling me it's my pc? god damn it as if la my pc is tat old. I connect with new pc old pc all also the same speed. idiotic talking to those bunch of loonies. Just try to bear with it and if got any other ISP better than them i surely change! they monopolize the market now

RST

Khao kluk kapi has green mango as one of its main components: it is essential to balance the aromatic sweetness of the pork & the strong fermented flavors of the fish paste. Bec green mango is so expensive in the US, Thai restaurants sometimes scatter a few slivers on top, and then try to amp up the sour dimension by garnishing with green tomatoes.

Robyn

Cupcake - ripening on the counter doesn't work ... they might get softer but they're still flavorless. And canned tomatoes just won't do for gazpacho.

Thanks Phil! We're moving in two wks and plan to devote a large piece of our garden to tomatoes - and jalapenos. I've got a stock of heirloom tomato seeds. Good point abt romas though - essential for a decent pasta sauce. Must rope a friend into sending seeds.

RST - I'll agree as far as Thailand, Viet, Cambodia, and Lao go. But here in Malaysia, and in Sumatra, I've encountered sweetish, very tomato-ey sambals that have obviously been made with good, fresh tomatoes. And in Sumatra we had the most delicious avocado and tomato salad imagineable. Somewhere, someone is growing good red orbs. Nevermind, see my comment above. We're gonna grow our own!
Green tomatoes would just not work, for me, in khao kapi - too wet. A very sour green apple would be better. Some khao kapi versions I've sampled in Thailand use guava instead of green mango ... more apple-like.

DeV - testify! My Streamyx also poops out when it rains, even when it's just threatening rain (distant thunder). Not super convenient when one lives in a place with a very prolonged wet season...

RST

Yes, I have seen Granny Smith apples put to this use as well. I think that the result is not quite the same.

slau

Re: avocadoes, I have just seen them being sold at the Chow Kit wet market at RM6 for 1 kilo. You can also find Buah Salak (fruit with a snake skin like appearance) at this market.

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