Dressing for Asian/Thai Cabbage Salad?
I'm not much of a cook, but I have a hankering for a fresh Asian cabbage slaw. What I have for the salad: savoy cabbage, red peppers, carrots, cilantro, sesame seeds. What would be a good dressing (measurements please)? Rice wine? Soy sauce? Sesame oil? Please hold the peanut butter. Thinking I might want to add some scallions to the salad and red chili flakes to the dressing. Other suggestions?
1 or 2 thai or serrano chilies (or even jalapeño in a pinch)
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons fish sauce
6 tablespoons japanese rice vinegar, unseasoned.
Chop the chilies & garlic. Using a mortar & pestle, mash the chilies, garlic, sugar & salt together to a paste. Add the fish sauce & rice vinegar, stirring to dissolve the sugar & salt.
I toss with the salad just before serving, and then transfer the salad to a serving plate, leaving any unabsorbed dressing behind.
A Nigella recipe:
2 cloves garlic, minced or shredded
pinch red pepper
2 Tbs. grated or minced ginger root
2 Tbs. fish sauce
juice of one lime
4 Tbs. water
2 Tbs. sugar or sugar equivalent
1 Tbs. Asian sesame oil
Just mix together. It's a good place to use a Microplane. I use it for noodle salads, too.
My girlfriend gave me her recipe, makes enough for a very large salad....
4 Tbsp soy sauce
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp white sugar
1/2 Cup canola oil
1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
splash sesame oil
sambal oelek or red chili flakes to taste.
The weird thing is the balsamic.....could never figure out why I liked her "Asian" dressing better than anyone else's....she uses dry steam-fried noodles in the salad (tossed in at the end).