We’ll just go right out and say it: Manam never gets it wrong. Everything on their menu is a creative, flavorfulre-imagination of Filipino cuisine; down to their simplest dishes. Take for example their Ensaladang Namnam, an uber simple dish that’s packed with a medley of contrasting flavors. It’s basically everyone’s favorite mangga’t bagoongon crack; with tomatoes, onions, tinapa flakes, pomelo, and more—and that’s why we love it.
Say this 10x fast: “Ang ensaladang namnam ng Manam ay malinamnam.“
We love it so much, in fact, that we re-created it. This recipe only takes about 15 minutes to make; and uses ingredients you probably already have at home. It has everything—brightness and crunch from the vegetables, freshness from the pomelo, and savoriness from the bagoong. Oh, and for those wondering, this recipe is a good small to medium Manam size in serving.
Serves: 2-4 people
Active time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
1 tbsp. bagoong
1 tsp. mustard
1 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. calamansi juice
3 tbsp. neutral oil
1 cup green mango, shredded
1 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup tomato, seeds removed then thinly sliced
¼ cup tinapa flakes
¼ cup peanuts, crushed
¼ cup pomelo, separated
Cilantro, for garnish
For the dressing, whisk together bagoong, mustard, sugar, calamansi juice, and oil in a bowl until well combined.
In a large bowl, add green mango, red onion, tomato, and tinapa flakes.
Toss until all ingredients are well distributed.
Add enough dressing to coat all the ingredients, tossing after each addition so that the vegetables are well coated.
To assemble, place salad onto a platter.
Top with crushed peanuts and pomelo, and garnish with cilantro.