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Mango with Coconut Rice: Reminiscing about Hawaii

Mango with Coconut Rice: Simple Living and Eating

When I was in college a friend from Hawaii used always say, " If you ever want to visit, just let me know." I would reply, "Don't offer me an invitation to Hawaii unless you really mean it, cuz I will be on your door step in a heart beat."

mountains in Hawaii
The mountains of Hawaii remind me of Asia.

beach hawaii
The beaches are spectacular but the surf can tear your bathing suit off. 

rainbow hawaii
There is always a rainbow in the sky because there are constantly sun showers.

So when I graduated college, and let me note, flying was cheap in and fun in the 1980's, I got on a plane to LA to visit a friend who was in law school and after a week or so there, I flew over to Hawaii and landed on Joseph's doorstep just like I promised.

mango with coconut rice: Simple Living and Eating

His mother who is Chinese greeted me with much skepticism. She asked me several Confucius like questions: 

"What would you rather be wise or witty?"

"If I was witty, mostly likely, I would be wise because true wit comes from wisdom." 

She liked that answer. 

I passed. 

My reward was fresh mango picked from her yard served with rice in coconut milk. This can be a breakfast, especially if you have leftover rice in the fridge, or a dessert.

Mango with Coconut Rice: Simple Living and Eating

Mango with Coconut Rice

by Diane Balch

preparation time 15 minutes                       Serves: 4 - 6


2 cups of cooked Thai Rice or other white rice
1 can of unsweetened Coconut Milk
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 ripe mangos chopped


1) Heat coconut milk, sugar, and salt on medium high heat. Whisk it until it is warm and blends together. Do not bring to a boil.

2) Mix about half of the mixture into your rice and decide if it is enough to coat it well. You don't want to make it too wet, but the amount of syrup you mix into the rice is determined by how wet the rice is... dry leftover rice may require the full about.

3) Divide rice into individual cups and top with mango to serve.

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  1. Oh Diane, this sounds and looks so delicious! I love all your Hawaiian photos. An absolutely gorgeous place to visit.
    Your answer was was very wise and quite witty!

    1. Thanks Kathy... I knew my food and lodging depended on it.

  2. All I need is fruit, I ran out. Sounds delicious!

  3. It looks soooooooooooooo delicious !!

    1. Do you have good mango in your part of the world? I would think so.

  4. Looks delicious. The photos are inspiring.

    I am a lover of mango. Actually, just give it to me plain and I am happy but I admit, this adds interest and texture and more fun. This is being featured, this week, at My Meatless Mondays. Thanks for sharing with us. Have a wonderful week.

    1. Thank you so much... I love the addition of the coconut milk rice... it does make it a real treat.

  5. Love your answer to the question! Your mango and coconut rice looks really refreshing and delicious. I love mango and coconut together. Pinned to our Hearth and Soul recipes board :-)

    1. Thanks, not too bad for a kid right out of business school... still had philosophy 101 in the back of my mind. Thanks for the pin.

  6. Simple and delicious, looks delicious, I would just love this treat. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a good week!
    Miz Helen


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