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Please explain how prawns and mint complement each other.

asked by Jonash Quilacio 8 days ago

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HalfPint

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added 8 days ago

I've only ever had the two in Vietnamese summer rolls or Vietnamese prawn salad (goi tom). The mint, in addition cooling, brings out the sweetness of the prawn meat. That's the best way I can describe it.

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added 7 days ago

Sounds like a need for the Flavor Bible. Check it out at the library or bookstore.

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ChefJune

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added 7 days ago

I don't think they do, in general. However if the shrimp are in a spicy Asian preparation, I think the mint acts to cool down the heat.

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amysarah

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added 7 days ago

Depends how you're using them. I've made several Vietnamese recipes - e.g., rice noodle salads with prawns/shrimp - where it's not just about the prawns and mint. Rather, it's the balance of sweet, salty (fish sauce,) tart (lime,) spicy (chilis) and the herbal cooling effect of mint and/or cilantro. There's a magic that happens when they all get together.

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MMH
added 7 days ago

This exactly right. It's present in Asian cooking. Umami

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