I clamped the cold purple skin between my palms
to break the fruit in half
pulling pieces of mangosteen from the seed
My dad told me, that’s your mom’s favorite
so I let the sweetness sit on my tongue
before swallowing

I stocked my pantry:
Soy sauce, fish sauce, Datu Puti
Coconut milk, Garlic, Mang Tomas

I asked the neighbors: where can I buy tamarind paste?
What I am actually asking is:
Where can I find the same ingredients I grew up with
those familiar flavors that filled my plate

Where can I find a piece of my mother’s kitchen
so I can make this place my home

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