When you are visiting exciting new or dear familiar countries it is difficult not to absolutely fall in love with at least some part of their cuisine. After visiting Thailand for the second time I am even more convinced that the Thai cuisine is one of my absolute favourites. We are fortunate to have a very well assorted thai store in both cities were I live – and therefore it is quite common that both Vietnamese and Thai food are served in our house.
I love cooking up the classic dishes as good as I can with a little help from the cooking course I took a few years back and the memories of my tastebuds. But the thing I love the most is combining ingredients, flavours and exotic add-ins to make my own versions off delicious South Eastern dishes.
Crunchy and fresh salads are definitely among my favourites – and the Vietnamese noodle salad is one that I make in all different ways very often. Another favourite of mine is fresh spring rolls and chicken satay – and I am tempted to say that this specific mango salad is a fusion of these three tropical dishes I hold so dear.
I used lovely Thai herbs and combined them with soft mature mango and avocado. The cabbage adds a perfect crunch and the honey, lime and fish sauce combines all the flavours of the ingredients with Thailand. Instead of simple fried chicken I wanted to make some delicious meatballs filled with flavours and a lil’ bit of chilli – and no chicken without a creamy and irresistible peanutsauce. It is a very easy dish to prepare and if you feel extra lazy simply replace the meatballs with fried chicken.
Mango Salad with Chicken Chili balls and Peanut Sauce
1 pointy cabbage or around half a head of white cabbage
1 ripe mango
½ bundle fresh basil
1 bundle fresh mint
juice from 1 lime
1-2 tsp fishsauce
1 tsp honey
Chili chicken balls
500 g minced chicken meat
2-3 fresh chili
3 Spring onions
½ bundle fresh basil
1 small egg
1 tsp psyllium husk (or 2-3 Tbsp flour)
2 Tbsp soya
2 Tbsp sweet chili sauce
A generous pinch of salt
4 tbsp peanut butter
1/3 cup of water
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp soya sauce
1 fresh red chili, remove seeds
Juice from 1 lime
Use a food processor (or knife) to finely chop spring onion, both white and all green part, and the chili including the seeds. Mix in the minced chicken along with all the remaining ingredients.
Use a teaspoon to scoop up small balls of the chicken mix and fry the meatballs in a hot skillet until golden.
In a food processor combine all the ingredients for the peanut sauce blend everything is blended into a creamy semi thin sauce. Season to taste and add more water if you think the texture is to thick.
Finely chop the cabbage and place in a bowl. Add lime juice, fish sauce and honey and use your hands to squeeze the cabbage together and give it a little massage. Peel mango, remove the flesh from the stone and cut it into think slices. Remove stone from avocado, scoop out flesh and cut into smaller cubes. Chop mint and basil. Add everything to the bowl and gently mix.
Divide the salad into four bowls, top with some meatballs and a drizzle of peanut sauce.
Competition time (has ended)
While we are speaking of food cultures and foreign cuisines I thought it was very appropriate to throw in a little remark about Aarhus Food Festival. In my very own hometown we have an amazing an huge food festival every september – where all sorts of food, cultures, ideas, passionated people (eaters and chefs) meet up and gather around the love of food. I go every year and this year I am fortunate to invite some of you to join me. The dear team behind this festival has provided me with a few extra tickets that I would love to give to some of you. Of course it would require you to be in í? ?rhus next weekend, where the festival are held from friday the 4th of september to sunday the 6th – the tickets can be used all days.
To join the competition you simply need to write a little comment and tell me which cuisine you love the most – and thereafter head over to instagram click on follow and watch out for my insta-announcement of the winners on thursday afternoon.
Pssst to awake your interest the amazing guys from River Cottage will be visiting the festival and I personally cannot wait to meet them!
Read more of the program and festival here.