Whenever I go to a supermarket for grocery shopping in Hong Kong, I always see some people buying avocado. What I find it very interesting is the Chinese characters used for avocado, 鳄梨. It literally means “crocodile pear.” It seems they were named that way because the surface of avocado skin resembles that of crocodile’s. It’s always interesting to learn something new. Anyway, I have always been a big fan of this crocodile pear, and I always make guacamole when I make tacos. The addition of lime juice and a bit of hot chili makes avocado dip tastes so good.
Tips: (1) Some people add raw garlic while others add fresh coriander. Enjoy your own arrangement! (2) I like to use lime for my guacamole, but it can be substituted with lemon. (3) Avocados I can get in Hong Kong are relatively small in size, which is why I used 4.
- 4 avocados
- 2 whole limes (or substitute with about 10g of dried lime powder)
- ½ red onion
- ½ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
- Mash the avocados (I usually dice first and then mash using pestle and mortar). Squeeze in the lime and mix with mashed avocado.
- Mince the onion, then combine with the avocado mixture.
- Add the salt and cayenne pepper (Adjust the amount according to your taste).
- You now have your homemade guacamole. Enjoy with tomato salsa I shared in my previous article for homemade nachos or use it for other dishes such as tacos!
This article was written by Chia.
I’m a freelance translator with background in biology. Upon meeting my future husband in Spain, I moved to Hong Kong to start our lives together. I’m still exploring what Hong Kong has got to offer