Snack Time – Part 2: Ging Gong and Soy

February 14, 2010 at 9:33 pm 4 comments


Another classic Micronesian snack which is a little better for you (but still not that great) is ging gong segments with a soy dipping sauce.

Ging gong is a type of citrus fruit and is also known as Calamansi. Each fruit is a little smaller than a golf ball, and has thin green-to-yellow-to-orange skin.


Me and the kids I hung out with used to make up a simple sauce to go with the tangy fruit. We would mix soy sauce, Tabasco, and the juice of one ging gong. We’d then peel the skin off the fruits and eat them, segment by segment with the sauce, pausing only to spit out the seeds.

The resulting taste awakened a rarely-used combination of my tastebuds. It was sour, but slightly sweet, salty, and spicy, all at the same time.

Since leaving Micronesia, I’ve tried to recreate the flavour with other citrus fruits, but nothing compares. This will have to remain only in my cache of childhood memories, for the time being.

Photo Sources:

Ging gong plant: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/61/Calamansi.jpg

Ging gong: http://americanindavao.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/calamansi.jpg

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  • 1. Snack Time – Part 4: Flesh Off the Bones « Elilai Petals  |  February 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    […] grabbed the necessary condiments (soy sauce, wasabi, ging gong) and we all started scraping. Little pieces of the tuna, dipped in soy and smeared with a bit of […]

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  • 2. Snack Time – Part 5: Salt and Mango « Elilai Petals  |  February 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    […] make a saucy paste to dip the mango pieces into. It would be the same dipping sauce as with the ging gong segments, but with a couple of additions. I’d usually make it spicier, there would be a lot less soy […]

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  • 3. Trina  |  June 25, 2010 at 11:05 am

    This section of your blog fully encompasses what I also experienced in Yap! It’s weird to think that I only left the islands about 3 years ago… but it feels more like 10! It would be great to revisit all these childhood memories one day.

    I love your blog. 🙂

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    • 4. sarahmunn  |  June 26, 2010 at 10:25 am

      Thank you Trina!
      I’m glad you can connect to my blog. I hope others can too. This is a big reminiscing method for me too, as I’m writing all about my own experiences, or the experiences of people I know.

      Reply

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