Translated Thai chicken salad (for four people). This recipe is fantastic. My friend Rosalba is a treasure trove of awesome recipes and makes wonderful food for her friends and for events as well. She made this salad for a meeting we held recently in Wellington and we all demanded she share the recipe with us, it was just that good. I made it the other night when friends came around for a meal and they all raved about it.
Rosalba calls this “Translated” as she designed it for her senior girls Book Group about 4 years ago. We were looking at translated novels, and so she translated a recipe (with one of the Thai students) from one of her recipe books.
Red cabbage – about 2 cups when finely shredded
1 red pepper
4 spring onions
½ bag of bean sprouts
½ cup coriander leaves
½ bag crispy noodles
pkt of snow peas – or some green beans
2 chicken breasts (You could also make it with wood smoked salmon or pork fillet)
3 Tbs sweet chilli sauce
juice 2-3 limes
2 Tbs light soy auce
2Tbs fish sauce
2 Tbs sesame oil
1 Tbs oyster sauce
2 Tbs Olive oils
2 Tsp brown sugar (or palm sugar)
½ tsp chopped garlic and grated ginger (jarred stuff will do)
Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar and give a good shake.
Rub the chicken breasts with soy sauce and leave for a couple of hours or overnight.
Slice thinly and stir fry – not too many pieces at once… this takes time. Drain on paper towel, Set aside
Finely shred red cabbage
Peel carrots, and continue peeling them so you have thin slices. If necessary cut them into thinner strips
Slice pepper in thin strips
Slice Spring onions on the diagonal thinly
Blanch snow peas or beans and then slice thinly
You can pre-prepare all vegetables and the chicken and be pre-prepared, wrap in gladwrap and chill if you want to prepare this in advance of a meal and assemble later.
When you want to serve
Chop the coriander (and mint if you like that addition too)
Put all ingredients in large bowl… using only ½ the crispy noodles and leaving a little coriander for a garnish.
Pour on the dressing and mix gently – yes get your hands in and mix it gently but really well.
Heap on a big plate, and garnish with the rest of the crispy noodles and coriander.
(You could put the coriander into a separate bowl. I served this with chopped mint too)