The popular Filipino green papaya pickle side dish has been rated as one of the world’s best on Taste Atlas.
The food encyclopedia describes Atchara as regular fare served to complement authentic Filipino dishes.
Varieties of the unripe papaya pickling dish are carrots, onions, daikon radish, and bell peppers or chili peppers, sometimes including pineapple chunks or sweet raisins.
Atchara vegetables are commonly prepared julienned or grated.
Taste Atlas describes the preparation:
“The heated marinade, which combines vinegar, sugar, ginger, garlic, salt, and peppercorns, is poured over the vegetables, and the relish is pickled until all the flavors develop.
“With its crispy texture and a refreshing combination of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors, atchara is the perfect complement to heavier Filipino dishes such as fried beef, sausages, or grilled chicken.”
The best Atchara are recommended in the following spots:
- The Aristocrat, Manila
- Neil’s Kitchen, Muntinlupa
- Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe, Quezon City
- Cafe Via Mare, Makati
- Tapa King, Mandaluyong
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