On Sunday when we were passing by Sg. Liang I chanced upon a Haji selling this buah Kandis or Wong Dan (in Foochow) and bought a packet at Brunei $ l only!
Coming home I showed my prize to my friends who came by for the monthly pot luck . Jean screamed that she had not seen the fruit since young! And she had forgotten how the fruit tasted like. Well the yellow fleshed old fashioned fruit was really really sweet and almost seedless. My grandfather would have been very proud of me.
His spirit must have sent the wong dan to me as I have been thinking and talking about this fruit.
My friends and I spent the whole evening admiring and eating the fruit. Even the Hokkiens amongst us were impressed. Some even wanted to make a trip to Labi to meet up with the Haji and see the fruit tree!
The succulent fruit beckoning at you!
The inside of the fruit after removing the fleshy rind or skin.
I shall be drying the skins for my asam fish. Heard so often that it is good for slimming.
Lovely lovely fruit
Different colours of red.
A lovely arrangement of the fruit - initially as a conversation piece...but later the fruits were quickly eaten!
Drying the skin on layers of newspapers on a chapan (home made rattan drying tray).
Drying the skins on a tray on top of my MyVi...the safest place ...no ants!
I hope I can get some more next weekend. This fruit which is part of the family called Garcinia has very wonderful properties. If it is anything like the Mangosteen its cousin so to speak it has great properties to help weight loss. One can buy a commercial product called Garcinia in the market. Also I understand that there has been a lot of studies made on its antioxidant properties. The fruits are usually harvested in September every year.
But the indigenous people of Sarawak have always used it to cook fish soup and they have related good digestion to this fruit.
(This post is dedicated to all my Tiong aunts and uncles and cousins who remember eating Wong Dang in grandfather's house in Sg. Merah. Cheers)