I love Luke Nguyen and this is my tribute to him and his Vietnamese Heritage. Whether it is True to authentic Vietnamese cuisine is another thing but.... it tastes good. Surely that counts for something?
The recipe is easy - it begins with sliced mangoes, and then finishes with tossing the fruit, veggies and herbs together and garnishing with some chopped peanuts (or cashew nuts). Nice and Easy. —Kitchen Butterfly
2 - 3 tablespoons of palm sugar (or dark brown sugar)
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon white rice vinegar
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon fish sauce, or to taste
3 - 4 drops, sesame oil, or to taste
1 - 2 large, underripe mangoes, julienned
1 - 2 red chillies, julienned (to taste)
1 - 2 green chillies, julienned (to taste)
1/2 Red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup small prawns, cooked (optional)
A handful of herbs: Basil, Cilantro, Mint; roughly chopped
In a saucepan, combine the palm sugar, lime juice, vinegar ginger, fish sauce and sesame oil with 1/2 cup of water. Bring to the boil and adjust seasoning to taste. Once it comes to the boil, remove from the heat and set aside till cool until you are ready to make the salad.
Combine all the salad ingredients in a bowl, except the chopped herbs and roasted peanuts. Toss together gently and then season with some of the cooled-down dressing (to taste), till well coated.
To serve, garnish with chopped herbs, peanuts and candied ginger
For the first 9 years of my life I hated food and really loved sugar till Wimpy (British Fast Food chain) changed my life! These days, all grown up, I've junked junk food and spend my days and nights on a quest - to find and share the sweet, sweet nectar that's food in The #NewNigerianKitchen!
Dreaming, cooking, eating and writing...about and adoring a strong food community that's big and bold enough to embrace the world's diverse cuisines - I'm passionate about celebrating Nigerian cuisine in its entirety.
Why do I love food so? It is forgiving. Make a recipe. Have it go bad....but wake up tomorrow and you can have another go at succeeding! Only with food!