Two-great-tastes-that-taste-great-together department: 7D brand dried "mangorind" (175 g., $2.69). Dried mango alone has a sweet sourness; these soft chews twiddle the flavor with tamarind pucker.
Previously: I had no idea what to do with Jufran banana sauce (12 fl. oz., price not noted at the time). This sauce has more "hot" than "banana," I found out fast; it's chunky, too. The common moniker "banana ketchup" suggested one use, but, as it turns out, this is one ketchup that goes great on hot dogs.
Eng Bee Tin hopia combi (160 g., $1.59) reminded me of chilled newtons that swapped purple yam and jackfruit for the fig. Lucia brand pinasugbo (not shown, 150 g., $1.19) was a banana brittle bound with cane sugar, glucose of unknown provenance, and honey. Individual servings were wrapped in little paper cones that, like the candy buttons of yore, wouldn't quite let go of the confections.
From American Pinoy's table at the Philippine Independence Day Festival, the final photo shows my bungled balut ($2), the Filipino street food that's more than an egg, but not quite yet a duck. While worrying open that thick shell, I spilled a fair amount of the liquid inside; the small remaining portion that I could identify as the white was very firm, almost tough. The yolk and the "off color" portions were more yielding — imagine a liver custard — with a gamey and still faintly eggy flavor. From a later encounter with balut, see this much more graphic photo of a fertilized unhatched egg.
American Pinoy Food Mart
530 Newark Ave. (at McPherson Pl.), Jersey City