It used to be that Korea only imports mangoes from the Philippines. Now, they also import the fruit from Taiwan with the apple mango variety and the “nam dok mai” from Thailand.
In the photo above, a pack of two Thai mangoes cost almost 9,000 won while the Philippine mangoes is 6,000 won. Expensive, isn’t it? I have tried Taiwan mangoes once when my sister-in-law gave us a pack. I’m not really a fan of apple mangoes. I only got to eat one Thai mango last April, the other was left in the fridge and eventually ended up in the food waste bin. I guess it’s not just my type.
I buy mangoes only once or twice a month. However, last June I discovered Paris Baguette’s mango smoothie and it was delish. My husband saw my credit card bill last month when I asked him to help me with the quarterly taxes and he wondered what I had been buying from PB almost everyday! Their mango smoothie is 4,500 won per serving. I would pair it with their “coconut pastry” for 1,800 won and voila – a taste of the Philippines!
Last Friday, my husband came home with the best gift he could give me on my eighth year in Korea – mangoes! Love them more than the pricey French makeup he gave me last week ;p
He ordered the mangoes from the internet. Ten for him and ten for his co-worker. (He said they received 24 pieces and gave the four to their other co-workers). They paid 20,000 won each. So that’s 20 pieces for 40,000 won with free delivery.
The mangoes tasted like naturally ripened ones from the Philippines. My husband said they’re the best he’d ever had. He regrets that he never had mangoes in the Philippines; but he would always try them during his trips abroad.
That night, my husband finished five mangoes and I had three. Now, there’s nothing left in the fridge. But I’m planning to order them as presents for Chuseok. I want my Korean friends to try the best mango in Korea ;p