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Meet Pomelo - The largest citrus fruit in the world

pomelo citrus fruit from tambun ipoh perak malaysia

Related to grapefruit, pomelo is the fatter, yet subtle and sweeter, cousin. The cousin you like. The one that doesn’t leave you with that lingering feeling of bitterness in your mouth.

what does pomelo look like and taste like?

Pomelos 柚子 are an essential offering during Mooncake Festival (a Chinese festival), and even though it ended a few weeks ago, the gigantic fruits are still in abundant supply at the morning markets in Penang. They are trucked in every morning from a place called Tambun, a small town in the state of Perak (100km from Penang), which is famous for its pomelo plantations.

Picking one up at the market and weighing it in my hand is always a reminder of the decision I need to make – put it back to save my fingers from the piercing pain of lugging the fruit back, or toughen up and enjoy it for breakfast at home. But then I consider it’s big enough to last a few breakfasts - and pomelo season doesn’t last forever - so I hand the auntie RM6, grimace, and reassure myself that I can skip the gym today.

Vietnamese pomelo salad recipe with shrimp

Pomelo is terrific in salads, like you will find in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. And every day in my kitchen during pomelo season!

what is pomelo?

Juicy pulps of pomelo, crisp green apple, and crunchy bites of carrot, mixed with sliced shallots, dressed with a little bit of fiery sweet chili lime juice, topped with lightly toasted sesame seeds, and balanced with garlicky shrimp for a salad I wish I could eat year-round.

This vibrant Southeast Asian salad is light…and filling.  How is that possible?

Goi Buoi Tom Vietnamese pomelo salad with shrimp

Pomelo salad with shrimp by Season with Spice
Serves 3-4

Ingredients:
Half a pomelo, peeled and segmented
8 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 clove garlic, diced
Half a green apple, cut into thin matchsticks
Half a carrot, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks
2 shallots, sliced
A handful of fresh coriander leaves, chopped
1/2 tbsp white sesame seeds, lightly toasted

Dressing
1/2 tablespoon of Season with Spice's Coconut Palm Sugar
Juice from 2-3 small limes
1 tbsp water
1/2 tbsp fish sauce
Minced fresh red chili (optional)

Method:
1. Gently break up the pomelo segments into 1/2 inch chunks (or smaller) and put them in a large mixing bowl. Toss to combine pomelo, carrots, coriander, and shallots.

2. Heat oil in a skillet or wok. Add garlic and saute until fragrant. Add shrimp and fry until they are cooked or slightly charred on the side. Remove shrimp and garlic, and place on paper towel to drain any excess oil.

3. Mix the fish sauce, lime juice, minced chili, and sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.

4. Add the dressing to the salad. And right before serving, add the garlic and shrimp, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

pomelo salad recipe

6 comments:

Rosa May said...
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Bite-My-Cake said...

I have never heard of this citrus, it looks pretty. I like the combination of citrus fruit and fish/shrimps. Great recipe!

Cookingtackle said...

its very appetizing! i like pomelo and i love the way of matchsticks the apple ;)
it famous cut at most 5star restaurant in Bali

seasonwithspice said...

Thanks Rosa, Tamara & Ira! I was excited to see a few more pomelos at the market this morning. Couldn't resist but grabbed one back again.

Indonesia Eats said...

I love pomelo too especially for rujak! I recalled when I was a kid we made toy cars from pomelo skin :)

seasonwithspice said...

Making toys out of pomelo skin was brilliant, Pepy. I was thinking of big sail boat when I was cutting it:) This organic toy is much better than the plastic toys.

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