Inle Lake green tomato salad

Inle Lake green tomato salad

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From
Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong
Serves
4
Photographer
Stuart Scott

Inle Lake’s main sources of income are fishing and growing tomatoes. It was incredible to see how locals actually grow these tomatoes; they are all grown on water, lined up in rows, just like winemakers grow their grape vines. Covering about 7000 acres, these floating farms produce some 61,000 tonnes of tomatoes each year! I’m using green tomatoes in this salad as I love their crunchy texture and mild, sweet, tangy flavour. Don’t go for young green tomatoes; choose mature green‚ ones.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
5 green tomatoes, sliced
3 red asian shallots, sliced
1 handful coriander, sliced
2 teaspoons roasted crushed unsalted peanuts
2 teaspoons ground black sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
3 teaspoons garlic oil, (see note)

To garnish

Quantity Ingredient
1 red chilli, sliced
coriander sprigs
1/2 teaspoon fried garlic, (see note)

Method

  1. In a bowl, combine the tomato, shallot, coriander, peanuts, sesame seeds, chilli flakes, garlic oil and a pinch of sea salt. Mix well.
  2. Garnish with the chilli and coriander, sprinkle with the fried garlic and serve immediately.

Note

  • To make fried garlic and garlic oil, pour 250 ml vegetable oil into a wok and heat to 180°C, or until a cube of bread dropped into the oil browns in 15 seconds. Add 6 finely chopped garlic cloves and fry until golden — be careful not to overcook the garlic, as it will keep cooking once it is removed from the heat. Strain the garlic through a metal sieve and place on paper towels to dry. Store the fried garlic in an airtight container for up to 4 days; this recipe makes about 2 tablespoons. Reserve the garlic-flavoured oil to use in salads; it will keep for up to 2 weeks if stored in a cool place.
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