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Sek Lo at Seasoning in SF Chinatown


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Sek Lo at Seasoning in SF Chinatown

Melanie Wong | Oct 19, 2006 12:56 AM

After lunch today elise h and I walked up Jackson Street to my favorite produce stand in Chinatown, Seasoning (unmarked green awning just east of Stockton Street). As we got closer, a foreign yet completely tantalizingly pungent fruit aroma grew stronger and stronger. On display on the sidewalk was a box of what the staffer called sek lo. These are from China and priced at a whopping $4.99/lb. I bought an average size one which set me back 85¢. I asked her if I should peel it. She shook her head and pointed out that I should cut it in half, trim off the blossom end and eat the whole thing. The creamy colored flesh was similar to a soft pear or an unripe fig. The skin was as tender as a Bartlett pear's and the seeds reminded me of fig seeds but not so plentiful. This was only moderately sweet and seemed a touch underripe as the parts under the bruises had the best flavor and the aroma was much stronger than the taste. Even now, after washing my hands a couple times, the fragrance still lingers on my finger tips.

This was my first experience with this fruit. Maybe someone can tell me what it is. In any event, you can find them at Seasoning, 772 Jackson St., SF, 415.989.3028. One of the reasons I like this place is that it usually has some things not found elsewhere in Chinatown.

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