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Gohu - For The Sake of Childhood

>> Wednesday, August 13, 2008

First of all, thanks to all my friends who made a wish for my birthday. Yup, August 12th is my birthday.

Before my birthday, I planned to make some foods from my childhood. Gohu is one of them, but unfortunately, I couldn't find unripe papaya for making it, then I decided to substitute it with mango. I was so excited when I peeled the mango, but olala.. the mango was too ripe. That's why the making of gohu was delayed until today after my better half bought me an unripe one. Thanks Cinta!

I really don't have any idea what should I translate gohu in English. Gohu can be named as spicy and sour cocktail, since the unripe papaya is mixed with spicy and sour juice made from red chili, ginger, water, vinegar and sugar. Gohu is originally from Manado, North Sulawesi. Manadonese foods are well known for its spiciness, and I love them.

Grown up in a neighborhood that mostly came from North Sulawesi, I found myself in love with Manadonese foods. This happened not only because I love spicy food but also because my closest neighbor was a great cooker. She sometimes invited me to eat at her home whenever I spent my time there playing with her daughter. Oooo.. I miss her, her food and her daughter badly. They had moved before I went to Germany.

For failing in searching of gohu recipe through the net, I asked Miund, a writer of Gokil, whose mother is Manadonese, to give me the recipe. She wrote me the recipe in the comment column of Sapo Tahu. The recipe was copied and pasted from her mom hand keyboard writing when they chatted through Yahoo Messenger though they lived in the same house. She informed me that I can use cucumber as a substitution for unripe papaya, but since I don't really like cucumber, I used unripe mango.

By the time I boil the spicy water, the smell brought back the memory of my childhood. After testing it, I could say nothing but "Yay! It tastes gohu that I knew". It will be perfect if I could find unripe papaya, next time!

Thanks Miund. Thanks Tante. You are the best!

Recipe by Miund's Mother, modified by me

1 unripe mango, peeled, cut julienne (original recipe using unripe papaya)
500 ml water
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp vinegar (as desired)

Spices, grind:
9 dried red chilies, soak in hot water, drained (you can use fresh chili)
1 knucklebone of fresh ginger, peeled

1. Boil the ground spices with water. Remove from the heat and sieve.
2. Add sugar, mix until dissolved. Season with vinegar. Mix well. Let it stand until cold (room temperature).
3. Fold in mango. Mix well and store in refrigerator for 1-2 hours before serving.


elsye August 14, 2008 at 12:24 AM  

kayaknya endanggg nih Fa, gue malah milih pake mangga muda dibanding pepaya, ternyata pake timun juga bisa ya...:D

mariena payne August 14, 2008 at 5:48 AM  

Sef, aku banyak ketinggalan resep mu deh...jarang kunjungan soalnya Josh makin perlu di awasi.

Gohu tuh pepaya muda?????? aku baru tau
Btw..cakep poto nya !!!

Mochachocolata Rita August 14, 2008 at 9:58 AM  

sefaaaa belon pernah nyobain nih, kayaknya segerrr...kayaknya daku lebih doyan mangga daripada pepaya heheheh

receitinhas da belinhagulosinha August 14, 2008 at 10:31 AM  

happy birthday my friend,very kisses for you,long long live,kisses

bluesea7 August 14, 2008 at 10:45 AM  

ternyata bisa di ganti ma manggo ya? heheh blm pernah Sef..ntar di coba ahh..thx say..:x

deeTha August 14, 2008 at 11:06 AM  

SEFA.... HEPI BiDey ya, say...
semoga dilimpahkan rahmat, rezeki, kesehatan, dll dari Allah SWT.

Dwiana P August 14, 2008 at 3:26 PM  

Sefa, happy belated b'day yah. sorry gw baru tau. Moga tambah sukses selalu dan diberkati rumah tangganya yah:)

Dita August 14, 2008 at 4:48 PM  

seger nih Fa. Oh pake jahe dikit ya?

sefa firdaus August 14, 2008 at 9:09 PM  

@Elsye: wah Els, pake pepaya muda itu enak banget loh *ngiler*
iya, ternyata bisa pake timun, gue juga baru tau :D

@Mariena: gpp say, Joshua lebih penting dari blogging kok ;)
gohu is aku gak tau apa artinya, yg jelas pepaya muda itu memang bahannya

@Mochachocolata Rita: nah kalo belum pernah, ayo Rit dicobain.. pake mangga juga enak kok ;)

@Receitinhas de Belinhagulosinha: Hi Isabel. Thanks a lot dear. *hugs*

@Deetha: amin amin... doa yg sama juga utk dirimu ya Jeng, amin.
terimakasih banyak

@Dwiana: terimakasih banyak Dwi. semoga dirimu juga tambah sukses dan selalu bahagia bersama keluarga tercinta, amin

@Dita: seger banget, cuma gitu deh... pedessssss banget :))
iya pake jahe.. gue juga baru tau :d

A.G August 15, 2008 at 12:07 PM  

Happy B'day ya Sef.. sory rada telat :)
btw itu manisan apa asinan buah ?

sefa firdaus August 16, 2008 at 10:39 AM  

terimakasih Yin, telat juga gpp.. aku tetep seneng dirimu ngucapin :)
itu sptnya asinan kali ya, atau manisan? bingung :D

Anonymous September 2, 2008 at 10:55 PM  

hi sefa,
(ini ibunya miund)
am glad the gohu recipe helped you find back the old childhood memories; so you're a leo?? welcome to the lions den! miund told me that you've gone through the trouble of sending a pack of semolina fluor - trimakasih ya!! whenever you need more basic menadonese recipes just drop me or miund an email or ym, anytime!!

sariii September 11, 2008 at 8:14 PM  

baru aja dicobain. ternyata rasa jahe ga ngaruh terlalu banyak (padahal aku gespannt banget, gimana rasa asinan dikasih jahe).
trotzdem, wie immer, enyakkk.. makasih mba :)

sefa firdaus September 12, 2008 at 5:43 AM  

@Mamanya Miund: wowwwwwww... it's an honor that you visit my blog
thanks a lot Tante, your recipe is great! and billion thanks for bringing me back the memories.
Yup, I'm proud to be Leo - Tante Leo juga? senangnyaaaaaaaaaaa
I will Tante, don't worry - I love Menadonese foods, jadi pasti bakalan sering gangguin Tante :D

@Sarii: nicht zu Danken Sarii - makasih ya Neng udah nyobain resepnya :)

Dita September 14, 2008 at 8:35 PM  

Sefa, aku lagi nyiapin bikin gohu nih, sebenernya isinya apa aja sih? kayak asinan? kemaren gue belanja pepaya mengkal, timun dan ubi ;).

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