This Thai Fish Salad is tangy-sweet-refreshing and everything a fish lover or a non-fish lover for that matter will wish to relish this summer.
Today I am angry. All the more, because it is coupled with irritation and guilt. As I am writing this, there is this gush of emotion, emotion of all kinds snowballed into one, desperately looking for an outlet lest they burst. Unsure as I was, as to how to start this post (which led to a little procrastination BTW), chose to go with the flow instead. Thus, providing my emotions a channel to be released. Irritation, because hormones are acting up and guilt-stricken for not being able to post on the blog consistently or as per planning. Now that leaves you all with the question, “What makes me angry”?
Yes, angry I am! Rather it’s anger and disappointment rolled into one. Because it irks me big time when your work is considered to be just an everyday chore and not real work. While it is (somewhat) true that unless you earn from what you do is not considered to be a proper job, not acknowledging it as work in the first place is annoying and saddening. Cooking is what I love doing, blogging about it gives me immense satisfaction and the joy is unparalleled when people love the dishes I post about. Paid or non-paid, it is still work! A time consuming one at that. I will judge you and judge real hard if you look down upon what I do just because you don’t understand the nature of my work.
Calm down I must before this whining consumes more space. But, I am sure many would resonate with this and share the same sentiments. In the meanwhile let’s get down to business…let’s talk about food. Since it’s still Summers here and it only has become more humid these days, there’s no respite like light and refreshing food. So, what’s better than a zingy salad ! I rustled up an easy-peasy interesting salad recently called “Thai Fish Salad”, a recipe loosely adapted from the popular Chef Marion Grasby.
Read on for the recipe!
Thai Fish Salad
To be honest with you all, a salad can’t be a standalone meal for me on most occasions but then having said that, I love having salads which are refreshing or have zingy/ tangy salad dressing. And “Thai Fish Salad” fits the bill perfectly. Just when I was toying with the idea of making an invigorating fish salad, I bumped into Marion Grasby’s video of making the same and voila, it was perhaps the very next day I ended up making this salad, by tweaking it a bit though.
- Basa Fish – 300 gms (For about 20 tiny pieces)
- Thin Sliced Onions – 1 medium
- Diced Cucumber – 1 big
- Black Pepper powder – 1 teaspoon
- Lemon – 1 small
- Salt to taste
For Salad Dressing:
- Garlic Cloves – 5
- Green Chillies / red chillies – 2-3 (Depends on how spicy you want it)
- Fish Sauce – 3 teaspoons
- Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce – 1 teaspoon
- Brown Sugar – 1.5 tablespoons (You can use Palm sugar as well to make it more healthy)
- Persian Lime – 2 small (Sweet lime is also a very good option)
Method of Cooking:
- Wash the fish pieces properly and marinate it with salt, pepper and lemon for about 10 minutes.. Heat a pan and cook them from both sides. This variant of fish will get cooked in its own oil. Take out once done and keep aside.
- Put all the ingredients mentioned above for the “Salad Dressing” together in a mortar and pestle barring fish sauce and thai sweet-chilli sauce and crush it nicely till everything blends well.
- Get a salad bowl. Make chunks of fish pieces pan tossed earlier with hands or a knife. Add diced cucumber and thin sliced onions into it. Add Thai sweet-chilli sauce and fish sauce in it.
- Add the salad dressing. Now mix everything well.
- Add extra salt and lemon if required and dig in.
Thai Fish Salad is a very soothing salad bursting of flavours, perfect to grub onto during summers. It’s juicy, it’s tangy, it’s a bit sweet while cucumber and onions give it a refreshing crunch. Not to mention the fish chunks adding a whole new character to the salad. It’s so delicious that your tastebuds will seek it more often.
This healthy salad can give you company for lunch and dinner both. I kept some of the leftover ones in the fridge to have it the next day. Believe you me, it turned out to be more delish. Cold and refreshing, soaking in all the flavours. Imagine each bite oozing flavour…. yes, that! That is “Thai Fish Salad” for you my folks!
Hope you all enjoyed reading the post. Feedbacks are always awaited. Till then, Happy munching & Keep smiling! Tada!