Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Thai Pork Salad with Kaffir Lime Dressing


I'm not sure why I decided to make this salad but probably because I had a craving for Thai food. So it was with this in mind that prompted us to visit the Thai supermarket at Golden Mile Complex. Besides housing a supermarket, this complex also has small eateries, travel businesses, money changers, hair saloons and other small establishments that cater to the local Thai community.

There is a particular eatery here which both my husband and I really like because they do a very good Thai beef ball noodle. Their other scrumptious dishes includes phad thai, som tam (spicy mango salad) and minced chicken fried in spicy basil.

This is a really simple and hardly takes long to put together. It's also full of flavours due to the amount of herbs and garnishing used. You can opt to have this as a light lunch or alternatively serve it as a side salad.

Thai Pork Salad with Kaffir Lime Dressing
(serves 4)

Ingredients:

500g pork fillets (you can also use chicken fillets or shelled praws)
2 Tbsp grated palm sugar
1 Tbsp finely grated lime rind
2 tsp peanut (or vegetable oil)
2 cups of watercress, trimmed
1 cup loosely packaged thai basil leaves
1 cup loosely packed fresh coriander leaves
1/2 cup loosely packed mint leaves
1 1/2 cups bean sprouts
1 medium green capsicum, sliced thinly

Ingredients for Kaffir Lime Dressing:

3 cloves garlic, crushed and finely minced
4 shallots, sliced thinly
1 fresh red chilli, sliced thinly
3 fresh kaffir lime leaves, sliced thinly
1/3 cup lime juice
1/4 cup fish sauce
2 tsp grated palm sugar (to taste)

Method:

1) Cut pork fillets in half horizontally. Combine sugar, rind and oil in large bowl. Add sliced pork and toss to coat in mixture. Cook pork in batches in a heated lightly oiled frying pan over medium heat for about 15 minutes, or until cooked.

2) Meanwhile, place kaffir lime dressing ingredients into a screw top jar and shake well. Alternatively you can mix everything into a bowl. Adjust to taste.

3) Place pork in large bowl with remaining vegetables and herbs. Add the dressing and toss to combine. Serve as a side dish or a light meal.

1 comment:

Pearlsofeast said...

This recipe sounds awesome with lovely combination of ingredients.Looks delicious.

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