Green fig and tofu salad

Green fig and tofu salad

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From
The Food of Vietnam
Serves
4-6
Photographer
Alan Benson

This salad is a local delicacy in Hue, and you’ll find it only in Hue, as nowhere else in Vietnam can grow this special green fruit, which is actually a green fig known as ‘trai va’. After I picked the figs off the tree, I had to boil the firm fruit for 40 minutes to soften them. As Hue is the only place you can get them, I have used young jackfruit in the following recipe. If you ever happen to find green figs, use five of them in place of the jackfruit.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
150g tinned young jackfruit, rinsed in cold water, then cut into small pieces
or 5 green figs, if you can find them
300g fried tofu puffs, thinly sliced
10 mint leaves, roughly sliced
10 vietnamese mint leaves, roughly sliced
5 perilla leaves, roughly sliced
5 fish mint leaves, roughly sliced, (optional)
5 saw-tooth coriander leaves, roughly sliced
3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
4 tablespoons roasted peanuts, crushed
1 long red chilli, sliced or julienned

Dressing

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons warm water
3 teaspoons pineapple juice
1 bird’s eye chilli, thinly sliced

Method

  1. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a bowl. Mix well to dissolve the sugar and set aside.
  2. If using the figs, place the whole figs in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the figs with a slotted spoon. Allow to cool, then peel, cut in half and finely slice.
  3. Place the figs (or jackfruit) in a mixing bowl. Add the tofu, herbs, sesame seedsand a pinch of freshly ground black pepper. Dress with 4 tablespoons of the dressing.
  4. Turn out onto a serving platter, garnish with the peanuts and chilli and serve.
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The Food of Vietnam
Luke
Nguyen
Red
Lantern
Vietnam
Vietnamese
Asian
Asia
South
East
Southeast
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