Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Pomelo and prawns salad

Pomelo and prawn salad

Found this little fellow at our regular fish stall, along the Lintas highway from the airport. So fresh, couldn't resist and bought 2 kilos..
Decided to share the pomelo I saved for myself and made it into this simple yet most mouth-watering salad, especially for a hot day. We first had this salad years ago when my late sis-in-law made it. She was one of those amazing cooks who can whip up a delicious meal with seemingly nothing in hand. Not quite sure about the origin of the dish but judging by its ingredients, it has to be either Thai or Vietnamese. We didn't have a recipe for it, just went with our taste buds. I thought the two stellar ingredients needed very little enhancing except for a squeeze of lime and a dash of fish sauce. To make it look better in the blog, sprinkle some crushed peanuts, fried shallots and cilantro for garnishing...

Since started blogging, we have adapted to the use of measuring spoons and cups. So the ingredients we used were listed down and here goes :

Pomelo and prawn salad
Serve 4
2-3 cups pomelo flesh, in chunks
10-12 medium sized prawn
2-4 bird's eyes chilli, crushed
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 stalk lemongrass (only the white inner flesh), sliced finely - optional
1/2 kaffir leave, sliced finely - optional
a handful cilantro leaves, chopped

2 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon fish sauce (or less, if need to cut down on salt)
1 teaspoon sugar
For garnishing:
2 tablespoon shallots crisps
2-3 tablespoon peanuts, toasted and coarsely crushed
cilantro aka coriander

Poach the prawn in boiling water for 1-2 minutes (depends on the size). Do not overcooked the prawns. Peel (but leave the tail intact) and gutted.
Mix all ingredients together with the dressing. Adjust to one's taste by balancing the lime juice and the fish sauce. Chilled. When ready to serve, dish into individual serving bowls and garnish. Serve as starters (or as light lunch, like I did). Try it, so easy and so delicious.

It turned out so lovely, just couldn't stop taking pictures (lucky this is a cold dish - it took me quite a while to wrap up the photo session!).

..... feast for the eyes



DonDon said...

wow..looks so yummy..very much like a kk style shrimp cocktail..the prawns look so fresh..

The Drool Team said...

yah, maybe we'll do a shrimp cocktail too.

Anonymous said...

O..h.. m..y.. G..o..d..!!!
What a sight! This looks just about to die for...


wmw said...

Dropped by from Ultimate List...The salad looks good!

The Drool Team said...

lcchan: Was actually drooling when putting up this blog. Btw, do u blog? maybe we can pay u a visit too.

wmw: Welcome! Popped into your blog many times b4.

daisyfused said...


i'm coming home soon!!!! get the prawns ready!!!

The Drool Team said...

The prawns are easy, the pomelo is the one hard to duplicate. It seems the batch I bought the other day were the last for this season..may have to settle for the Tenom ones

Anonymous said...

Thank you. No I don't blog. I'm too busy eating and gawking at your posts, and eating some more and thinking of what to eat next.

I must admit, most of your posts look super duper yummy (even after a heavy lunch - and trust me, it was very heavy).