“Satay salad?” I asked. “Where do I sign up?”
I love a chicken satay. However, as this is a vegetarian cookbook, there will be no chicken satay recipes, so this will be the next best thing. Besides, we all (bar one) love cucumbers in this family, so I figured I was on to a winner. I was right.
This salad reminded us all of something we could get at our favourite Vietnamese pop-up restaurant in Greenwich. This was a lucky thing, as Saigon StrEAT has been closed for the month of August and part of September, so this served as a helpful reminder of what we missed. It was incredibly fresh and flavourful, which is probably down to the amount of coriander you add to the salad.
For what it’s worth, I served this on the side on a FIsh Friday, where I just roasted some cod. The rich mix of flavours of the salad offset the plain nature of the roasted cod very nicely. Also, I made the salad in the 20 minutes when the cod was roasting, so it all came together quite nicely.
Would I eat this again? Absolutely.
Peter: Thai? This reminds me more of Vietnam. The fishy, cold dressing and cucumber.
Anna: Fishy doesn’t make it sound very appetising. I think the word ‘salty’ is better. But I know exactly what you mean. It’s the dressing. The proportions of fish sauce to lime and sugar just feel wrong. 90ml of fish sauce for two people? I don’t think so. I added more sugar but didn’t have anymore limes. It was fine, but I agree. More Vietnam than Thailand.
Peter: I did like it anyway. But as I’ve got a mouth ulcer it wasn’t the best meal to have.
Anna: That will be the limes.
Peter: I’m not sure beef is the best thing to go with this salad. But it was nice.
Anna: I think it’s supposed to be like ‘Tiger Cry’, which I enjoy very much when we have it at Thai restaurants. What do you think would have been better?
Peter: Maybe a firm fish. Like seabass or monkfish.
Anna: You are getting sidetracked by the overpowering fish sauce I think. If the dressing had been better balanced you would have found the beef very good with this salad. So, we probably won’t be doing this again. Unless I steal one of Bill’s Thai dressing recipes to go with it!
Andrew (11): So what are we eating this month?
Maureen: Asian food.
Andrew: This will be a fun one, then.
Maureen: Are you being sarcastic?
Andrew: Yes. Because the only fun Asian food is chicken curry. And sushi. But that’s it.
Maureen: This is chicken curry, though.
Nicholas (8): I like this, actually!
Maureen: What??? There’s chilli in it, you know.
Nicholas: I like that it’s not spicy. I like the peanuts. It’s simple. I would like you to make this again, very much.
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Peter: Bloody hell! I’m full! Were we making that for all of Bangkok?!
Anna: You like a good noodle, I’m surprised you’re complaining……
Peter: I do love a good noodle, but as the commentator on German Eurosport says: ‘this is EXTREME’.
Anna: I see. There certainly is a lot to go round. I’m just pleased that we’re finally getting to eat Pad Thai together. Usually I can’t order it at a restaurant or takeaway because it has peanuts in it. Do you remember the grief you gave me at that takeway in Sydney when I ordered it? You’d had a few pints that night, and you were quite vocal in your disgust at my order!
Peter: A) they were schooners, not pints. And b) you know I don’t like peanuts so you just ordered it to annoy me.
Anna: Well this recipe only had the peanuts as a garnish so you were able to eat it. Did you notice it was vegetarian?
Peter: Yes. It wasn’t like a proper Pad Thai. It was more like a Pie Thai. It was so dense. I thought it would be lighter.
Anna: To be fair, it was light it’s just there was a lot of it.
Peter: You know me, I’ll never walk away from a noodle.