Mango Kerabu Salad

Mango Kerabu Salad recipe by

Pale green mango, pink petals of torch ginger, glossy red chilies, leafy green mint, purple skin of shallots. A tangled web of colors form Malaysian kerabu salad.

Usually jazzed up with a spicy sambal, I kept the dressing simple – and less spicy - with a mix of calamansi lime, salt and sugar, and garnished with just a few strands of red chili. A light salad to munch on as an afternoon snack, or even better, a refreshing addition to fried rice (try it on turmeric or belacan fried rice), seafood curry, or grilled fish.

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But don’t let my kerabu recipe limit your imagination. Add in Thai basil leaves or cilantro or lemongrass.  Strips of cucumber and crunchy bean sprouts. Thai bird’s eye chili for a fire on your tongue that will make you scream, “Kerabu, kerabu kerabu!” as you run for a glass of ice water.

Mango Kerabu Salad recipe by

Mango Kerabu Salad by Season with Spice

1 torch ginger flower bud - remove petals and slice thinly
1 raw or semi-riped green mango, shredded
4 shallots, thinly sliced
Handful of mint leaves, thinly sliced
Red chili, thinly sliced (optional)

2 tbsp calamansi lime juice (or pineapple juice)
1/3 tbsp sugar
Dash of salt

Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix well with the dressing.

If you like a spicy dressing, you can mix the salad ingredients with sambal belacan. Add some sugar and a squeeze of calamansi lime or small lime juice. For sambal recipe, head over here