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Green Leaf: Main Ingredient in Green Leaf Salad?

beansandrice Apr 16, 2010 09:48 PM

Just enjoyed an incredibly delicious "Green Leaf Salad" at Green Leaf and am struggling to figure out what the main green vegetable was in the dish. They were dark green, very crunchy, and looked like they may have been stems of some sort. They had a bit of a floral taste, but that could have been coming from the sauce. I tried to ask the wait staff, but they were very insistent that: it does not have a name in english; it cannot be found in this country; they do not know how it grows; it is specially imported only by them. Of course I would never be able to prepare this stuff as amazingly as they do, but surely you must be able to this mysterious vegetable somewhere, right ?... if it has a name? Anybody?

  1. soypower Apr 18, 2010 06:38 PM

    I would suggest posting the question on the General Topics board along with the vietnamese name of the salad...It looks like they're calling it: GÕi Tuyen Vua

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      clearskies0810 Apr 18, 2010 02:33 PM

      I'm not sure if this is what you are talking about, but a lot of goi (vietnamese salads) use shredded green papaya as the main veggie. I've had a few different salads at Green Leaf, and I know at least one the ones I've had there uses green papay (others use cabbage).

      1. babette feasts Apr 18, 2010 11:54 AM

        We need a picture! Were there leaves at all or just stems? Maybe morning glory? It has hollow stems that are pretty thick. Or am I thinking of water spinach?

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        1. re: babette feasts
          beansandrice Apr 18, 2010 04:33 PM

          Next time, I will have to take a picture. The stems weren't hollow, unless they had already been cut from a larger hollow stem. The pieces in the salad were ~5mm thick. Guess I'll just have to go back and eat it again, shucks.

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          HungWeiLo Apr 17, 2010 05:10 PM

          Having not eaten this dish before, I'm going to venture and guess it's kaffir lime leaves. It's the latest "in" thing for Asian restaurants to use. Try google image search and see if that's what it is. If not, I'm going to guess dried pea vines.

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          1. re: HungWeiLo
            beansandrice Apr 17, 2010 05:29 PM

            Hmmm, they weren't kaffir lime leaves -- much more stalky. You may have hit it with the pea vines, though. I tried googling dried pea vines but didn't come up with much in the way of food. Thanks.

            1. re: beansandrice
              christy319 Apr 18, 2010 10:57 AM

              Since pea vines are widely available here, that doesn't sound right. Now I'm curious. You'll have to repost if you find out elsewhere.

          2. Mike CP Apr 17, 2010 08:55 AM

            tea leaves? possibly smoked?

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            1. re: Mike CP
              beansandrice Apr 17, 2010 12:02 PM

              I don't think they were tea leaves. They were kind of tea-leafy in flavor, but rather than leaves, they were more like stalks. They were ~1/4" diameter and 2-3" long, though they may have been cut down from something larger. Their crunchiness was pretty distinctive too. On the menu they were described as (imposed dry vegetable marinated with vinegar).

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