Penang Nyonya Salad
1 - long leaf or Romaine lettuce, torn in long bite size shreds
2 - small carrots, cut in matchsticks shape, finger size
2 - small white radishes, cut in matchsticks
2 - small cucumbers, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 - starfruit, halved lengthwise and sliced
3 - tomatoes, sliced., (optional)
6 - jambus...sliced
10 red chillies
6-8 cloves garlic
1 cup of bottled Chinese plum sauce
1 cup sweet red sauce or 1 cup light plam syrup
1/2 cup lime or lemon juice
2 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 peanuts...fried skin removed and coarsely ground
Garnish: Fresh coriander leaves, fried shallots
Dressing: Put chillies and garlic in blender and grind, adding a little of the plum sauce to keep blades turning. When finely ground, add rest of dressing ingredients except peanuts, blend just to combine and set aside. Add the peanuts only just before serving.
Prepare all remaining ingredients. Arrange on a large plate, starting with the lettuce and finishing with the jambus. Pour on the dressing and top with garnish.
Helpful hints:Jambu is a tropical fruit , red belled shaped. To make using palm vegan sugar, boil 200g(7.5oz) palm vegan sugar with 1 1/2 cups water until dissolved. You can prepare salad ahead of time, refrigerate, and add dressing, garnish just before serving. Prefect when served in hot weather.