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How to cook dog tongue

January 12, 2012

‘Lin ma’ (dog tongue) is a dessert commonly sold in the Chiang Mai markets. To my understanding it is simply sesame seeds pounded in a mortar. The rich oil makes a nice black paste which is shaped into a rectangle (a tongue) and wrapped in plastic. Eat it with a spoon after your main course – very delicious and very cheap! I strongly believe that sesame would be a valuable crop in the dry season of Chiang Mai and Esan. Sesame oil is expensive.

While writing dark clouds appear in the sky, and Ketsanee reported rain in San Patong, the district south of Dokmai Garden. For the past two years, we have had a January shower. I do not like that. The mangos are in excellent blossom, the big wild forest mango is just beginning making thousands of flowers. A rain may spoil the harvest – again!

Text & Photo: Eric Danell

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. kentiopsis permalink
    January 12, 2012 9:22 AM

    Mangoes are also flowering now in Hawaii. Winter is our rainy season, especially on the smaller islands, which are generally drier and receive most of their rainfall courtesy of winter storms. Still, the smaller islands are by no means wet environments at lower elevations, especially in leeward areas.

    • January 12, 2012 1:45 PM

      I guess different varieties have different sensitivity. If a rain hits the mango blossom we usually get a very poor fruiting. However, with young primordia visible it should still be fine.

      Cheers, Eric

  2. January 12, 2012 9:42 AM

    Sesame is grown in Nan.
    In town we just had our light Mango rain shower. Hope you missed it in Hangdong.

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