“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” – I know this quote is from a man’s perspective, but it aptly describes me! When I am mad at my husband, he’d take me to my favorite Thai food so I can have endless Thai salads to cheer me up. I will completely forget about the twenty reasons I was mad at him. Seriously, food really is the matchmaker of our relationship.
Food cheers up, it gathers my family members; it is really an ingredient to wonderful, fulfilling event, and I can’t get enough of it!
If you are a “snackaholic” (isn’t that a word?) like me, you can’t miss this mouthwatering salad. My tongue is still sour and drooling from looking at the pictures. This salad is originated from Thailand, a place with exotic food that I am hoping to visit one day. This great combination of sour, spicy, sweet, and salty will awaken all your senses, making you wanting more. You’ll get the crunchy texture from the green mango, the saltiness from dried shrimps, and a kicking of spicy chili fish sauce.
Well, I am not mad at my hubby so no Thai restaurants to cheer me up but this dish definitely is enjoyable at home and there is no need to spend money at restaurants.
May your day gets better with food!
- 1 green mango (about 21 oz) - julienne
- 10 large shrimps (boiled, slice in half)
- ½ cup dried shrimps (soak in warm water and drained)
- ⅓ cup fish sauce
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- ½ red onion (thinly sliced)
- 5 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 Thai chilis
- Small bunch of cilantro (chopped)
- Using the peeler, peel the mango into long thin strips.
- In a small bowl, whisk together sugar and fish sauce. Transfer the fish sauce to a small pan and cook on low heat. Continue to stir until the sauce forms a liquid mixture, approximately 3 minutes. Set aside and let cool completely
- Meanwhile, heat oil on a medium pan. Stir fry the dried shrimps until fragrant and crunchy. Set aside
- In a large bowl, combine mango, red onion, shrimps, dried shrimps, garlic and Thai chilis. Pour the fish sauce mixture over and mix well. Do a taste test and adjust according to your taste. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
- Note: you can add lime juice to the salad if the mango is not sour enough