Yam Som-O – Spicy Pomelo Salad

Yam Som-O – Spicy Pomelo Salad

Pomelo Salad is one of the most famous of all Thai salads, and a favourite among Thai food fans. Pomelo is a citrus fruit similar to grapefruit, but larger and tastes more like pink grapefruit than white. Smaller pomelos are grown in Mexico, varying in colour from green to pink/coral (the larger Asian variety are also grown there). Note that grapefruit can easily be substituted for equally delicious results.
This salad makes a terrific lunch, side salad, or even a beautiful starter to any Thai or Asian-style meal. You’ll find it very unique and refreshing.

Yam Som-O - Spicy Pomelo Salad
Thai Pomelo Salad is a mélange of very traditional ingredients with innovative and clean flavours. It is typically served during the warm months. If you have a very well stocked Thai pantry, you can easily whip up this dish at a moment's notice.
  • 2 medium pomelos, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced, separated into rings
  • 3 red chillies, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 175g medium cooked prawns, with tail on
  • ¼ cup chopped basil
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander
  • ¼ cup roasted and unsalted peanuts, chopped
  • sprinkle of sesame seeds
  1. On a work surface, separate the pomelos into sections, then peel each one. Using a fork or knife, break up the sections into pearls and transfer to a bowl.
  2. Heat the oil in a small saucepan. Add the onion rings and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to paper towels to drain. In a small bowl, stir the chillies with the fish sauce and sugar. In a bowl, combine the pomelo pearls with the prawns, basil, coriander, peanuts, onion rings and chilli dressing and toss to coat. Mound the salad on plates and serve.

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