Sunday, April 03, 2005

Kitchen Experiements: Pomelo Salad

After my wonderful pomelo salad at Sabai, i was inspired to try making my own at home and this was the recipe i used. It wasn't too bad, it was a little salty so i guess when you are making your own, you have to watch the amount of fish sauce that you use because different brands will have different sodium/salt contents. It wasn't too bad for a first try, but i think i'll need to tweek it a little to get it to taste as good as sabai's. Hmm.. i have good excuse to go there and to be "sabai-ed" again.

Serves 4-6

10 ml vegetable oil
4 shallots, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
1 large pomelo
1 tbsp roasted peanuts
115g cooked shrimp
115g cooked crab meat

For dressing:
20 ml fish sauce
15 ml palm sugar or light muscovado sugar
30 ml lime juice

For garnish:
2 spring onions thinly sliced
2 fresh chilies thinly sliced
fresh coriander leaves
shredded coconut (optional)


Make the dressing. Mix the fish sauce, sugar and lime in a bowl, whisk well and set aside

Heat the oil in a small frying pan, add the shallows and garlic and cook over a medium heat until they are golden. Remove fro the pan and set aside.

Peel the pomelo and break the flesh into small pieces, taking care to remove any membranes.

Grind the peanuts coarsely and put them in a salad bowl. Add the pomelo flesh, prawns, crab meat and the shallow mixture. Pour over the dressing, toss lightly and sprinkle with the spring onions, chilies, coriander leaves. Add the shredded coconut and serve immediately.

* The Pomelo is a large citrus fruit that looks rather like a grapefruit, although it is not, as is sometimes thought, a hybrid. It is slightly pear-shaped with thick, yellow, dimpled skin and pinkish-yellow flesh that is both sturdier and drier than a grapefruit.


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