The perfect parts…

Ipoh is renowned in the country for its pomelo. As a matter of fact, when my friend, Ivan, came over for Chinese New Year one year, he brought one specially for us

Pomelo from Ivan
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…and more recently, my ex-student/friend, Justin, also gave me one but from his fruit farm in Johore.

Surprisingly, when my blogger-friends and their families came over to Sibu and we went out for dinner and this…

Fruit platter 1
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…was served, true-blue Ipoh born and bred, Claire commented that they did not serve pomelo at sit-down Chinese banquets over there. Yes, we do have it in the fruit platter here…

Fruit platter 2
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…usually and I often wondered how they could peel it so well – in perfect parts or segments…

Fruit platter 3
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…while most of the time when I tried to do it, it would all come out in bits and pieces.

I watched Merryn‘s youtube video on how to peel a pomelo and to my surprise, she did it quite differently from how I would do it…or for that matter, how my mother used to do it before me. Let me show you how I go about it.

This is what we call the mo-mo phow

Mo Mo Phow

…or hairy pomelo. If you rub the skin…

Skin

…you will feel that it is rough, kind of hairy or furry even though it is not visible to the naked eye.

I was never a fan of the fruit before as usually it would be sour, unlike those at the restaurants and eventually, there came the honey variety that was supposed to be sweeter but still, I did not get too excited about it. This one, however, is so very sweet and juicy, so much nicer than the ones from the peninsula, and I really enjoy it so everytime I drop by the fruit shop, I would ask for the mo-mo phow and if they do not have any in stock, I will not bother to buy.

To peel the fruit, I would cut the top off…

Cut top

…and then make diagonal cuts across the diameter like this…

Cut diagonally

…and continue with the cuts right down the side of the fruit…

Cut down the sides

Then, I would peel off the skin…

Peel off skin

…to reveal the fruit inside…

Fruit inside

…and then I would pull it out…

Pull fruit out

When I was little and everytime my mum peeled a pomelo, my brother and I would fight for the skin to put over our heads like a helmet and imagine ourselves as a German soldier from World War 2. Ah well! As they say, kids will be kids! LOL!!!

After that, I would tear it apart by segments…

Separate segments

…but be forewarned that those cuts made by the knife are not the sides of the parts so if you pull it apart along one of those, you will get a segment torn into two parts, not whole.

Finally, I would get down to the chore of removing the inner skin slowly so I would have perfect parts…

Inner skin removed

…of the fruit like this.

No, it’s not that easy but having had lots of practice, I find that slowly and with a lot of patience, I am getting better and better at it. I guess that is why those served at the restaurants are absolutely perfect – they probably do it every day.

 

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