During the Chinese New Year, one of my favourite restaurants Oriental Cravings had a special pomello salad available on their menu, similar to what the chinese call the "lou sang" to toss during the new year for prosperity. Sweet, sour and ultimately, extremely refreshing. I loved how the different flavours, elements and textures tie together and not forgetting the beautiful colours.
Naturally, I identified the ingredients and decided to recreate this at home! I've already had a few requests for this as soon as I posted it on my twitter and facebook page. Fret not, this is an extremely simple salad that makes you look like a champion in the kitchen. Basically, it's all fresh ingredients which requires little work. Scroll down for the ingredients and instructions.
- Mint leaves
- Coriander leaves
- Kaffir lime leaves
- 3 medium sized limes
- Banana flower
- Nuts (cashew/peanuts)
- Dried prawns
- Cut and peal the pomelo. Keep refrigerated. You don't have to break them into extremely small pieces as the tossing will break the pomelo up (and allow the pomelo juice to marry all the flavours together)
- Fry the dried prawns in a wok/pan of oil. Then, chop the fried dried prawns into fairly small sizes as they are salty. (Wouldn't want to bite on a huge salty prawn).
- Break up the peanuts into bits of pieces and simply toast them in a dry pan.
- Slice the shallots, banana flower and kaffir lime leaves finely. Pluck corriander leaves and mint leaves and keep refrigerated in a bowl of cold water.
- Finally, place all ingredients on a large plate and squeeze the juice of 3 limes over the ingredients. Sprinkle a dash of salt over to balance the flavours. Toss gently (Chinese tradition is to toss it as a group with chopsticks) and enjoy this refreshing dish!