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Asam Laksa Kerabu Salad

Asam Laksa Mango Kerabu Salad recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

How to make a simple version of Penang Asam Laksa?

A thought running through my head - and running through my burning fingers – as I tediously cleaned the cooked fish straight out from the pot.  There must be another way.  And just then, I spotted the plate.  A rainbow of veggies and fruits and herbs.  A salad.  Not the iconic dish of Penang, but the essence of it – torch ginger flower, pineapple, Chinese lettuce, mint leaves, shallots, and red chili pepper.  An Asam Laksa Kerabu Salad.

torch ginger flower, shallots, limes, and fresh mint leaves for asam laksa

Kerabu is a Malaysian tropical fruit salad, typically dressed with a spicy sambal sauce that leaves your tongue tingling.  But a milder version is delicious too, so for a change, I whipped up a gentler dressing of chili lime.

Gather a medley of fresh vegetables & fruits - cucumber, lettuce, shallots, pineapple and mango.  Chop them up, mix, and brighten with fresh green mint leaves and the pink petals of torch ginger flower.  Mint leaves lend a refreshing bite, while the torch ginger flower imparts a sweet, floral fragrance to the salad.  Finally, top with crushed peanuts and drizzle with chili lime dressing, for a crunchy, colorful, sweet and sour Malaysian salad.

Serve the Asam Laksa Kerabu Salad as an appetizer or enjoy it the Malaysian way – served on a banana leaf instead of a plate, the salad piled on top of rice with a mix of curry dishes on the side!


Where to find more information for this Asam Laksa inspired kerabu salad?

On a small island, but not Penang.  Travel along the New Spice Route to the stunning Dalmatia Coast, to the island of Trogir in Croatia, to find the my original feature and the lovely Maja Matus on her site – Dalmatia Gourmande

Maja shares a variety of recipes, including many healthy, local dishes that have been strongly influenced by Italian cuisine.  On Dalmatia Gourmande, discover the food, the culture, and the “cheerful, good eating, and good looking” people of Dalmatia.

Asam Laksa Mango Kerabu Salad recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Asam Laksa Kerabu Salad with Chili Lime Dressing 
by Season with Spice 

1/2 cucumber, core/seeds removed and thinly shredded
3 shallots, sliced thinly
A few leaves of Celtuce (Chinese lettuce) or iceberg lettuce, shredded
1/4 cup fresh pineapple, cut into thin strips
1 sweet or green mango, cut into thin strips
A handful of fresh mint leaves, whole or sliced thinly
1/2 torch ginger flower, finely chopped
A handful of chopped roasted peanuts or cashews

Chili lime Dressing:
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp rice vinegar
2 tsp fish sauce, optional
1/2 tbsp of Season with Spice's Coconut Palm Sugar
1/2 red chili pepper, deseeded & finely sliced

1. Combine all ingredients and mix well with dressing.
2. Garnish with some mint leaves, torch ginger flower and peanuts/cashews.

Up for a spicy dressing? Try adding in sambal.


Rosa May said...

Gorgeous! That is right up my alley.



BiteMyCake said...

I saw this post on Maja's blog. This is such a wonderful salad!

Victoria at Flavors of the Sun said...

That Ginger Flower makes me want to weep, it's that gorgeous. What perfect nature. And a lovely salad as well.

Maja Matus said...

Reese, I'm honored to have you on my blog! Thank you for being a part of this adventure, thank you for your kind words! I love this salad :) I will definitely try it out - I'm such a huge fan of mango :) Thank you so much!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Hmmm beautiful salad! I am heading over to Maja's blog now. :-)

Season with Spice said...

Thanks Rosa!

Season with Spice said...

Hi Victoria - you've described it well - perfect nature. The ginger flower doesn't only bring life and color to many of our great dishes, it also calms us down when we cook. It just has that amazing effect. Thank you for being here with us.

Season with Spice said...

Thanks Maja. Glad to have the opportunity to again showcase Malaysian cuisine to your community. Hope you do give this mango salad a try!

Season with Spice said...

Thanks Nami:)

Lisa H said...

OMG... I could almost taste your kerabu... Heavenly :D

Jen Laceda said...

oh.my.goodness. this is my kind of salad! i miss these types of food since moving away from Asia!

Season with Spice said...

Hi Jen - You can still make these kind of salads even after you move away from Asia. Lots of ingredients are now available in other parts of the world. If not, improvisation works too:)

Season with Spice said...

Thanks Lisa. I call this salad 'the tropical spice garden' on a plate:)

Kevin (Closet Cooking) said...

Nice looking salad! I am liking all of the flavours in it!

Season with Spice said...

Thanks Kevin!

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