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Yam Som-O – Spicy Pomelo or Grapefruit Salad Recipe

Yam Som-O - Spicy Pomelo or Grapefruit Salad Recipe

Yam Som-O – Spicy Pomelo or Grapefruit Salad Recipe

Large round pomelos, the Asian equivalent of grapefruit, are generally bitter-sweet, and are eaten as a fruit as well as mixed with sour, spicy ingredients and shrimp or chicken to make a salad. A favorite Thai snack is to just dip segments of pomelo into whatever sauce happens to be available. This salad goes well with rice and other cooked dishes.

Ingredients :

  • 1 pomelo or 2 large grapefruits
  • 2 tablespoons lime Juice
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 5 oz (150 g) boiled or grilled prawns or Shrimp, shells removed
  • 2 cups (200 g) cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh or dried unsweetened coconut
  • 1/– 1 tablespoon dried shrimp or prawns, soaked in warm water for 5 minutes and drained, lightly pounded or processed
  • 1 dried chili, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) coconut cream (optional)

Method :

  1. Peel the pomelo and shred the flesh, removing the seeds. (If using grapefruit, peel and section, removing all the skins.)
  2. Place the lime juice, fish sauce and sugar in a bowl and stir well to dissolve the sugar. Then add the prawns or shrimp, chicken and grated coconut. Mix well.
  3. Add the pomelo or grapefruit and grated coconut. Toss lightly.
  4. Serve sprinkled with chopped dried shrimp and chili, and drizzled with a little coconut cream, if using.

Note : If you are using grapefruit, it may be necessary to add extra sugar.

Serves 4
Preparation time : 17 mins
Cooking time : 12 mins

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Source :
Authentic Recipes from Thailand
by Sven Krauss, Laurent Ganguillet and Vira Sanguanwong
photo by Luca Invernizzi Tettoni
introduction by William Warren

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See also Thailand Cooking “Som Tam Thai – Green Papaya Salad Recipe”