Vietnamese Mango Salad with Tiger Prawns

Today's recipe is from Viet Eat Pho & Bun. The restaurant was created in October 2015, with a new concept that aims to revolutionise the offering of Vietnamese street food in London. Located on Shaftesbury Avenue, adjacent to both China Town and Soho, the restaurant carries a new, out-of-the-box design that creates a cosy and comfortable dining environment with distinctively Vietnamese features.

(serving 2 – 3)

Ingredients:

1 hard mango

1/4 of a cucumber

1 medium carrot

1/4 of Iceberg lettuce

10 large tiger prawns

1 tea spoon of salt

2 table spoons of crushed roasted peanut

3 table spoons of chopped coriander

2 table spoons of chopped mint

For the dressing:

2 limes

1 stalk of lemon grass

3 garlic cloves

1 chilli

2 table spoons of sugar

3 table spoons of fish sauce

6 table spoons of warm water

Method:

Bring a pan of water to the boil then add the tiger prawns and a tea spoon of salt to the water. Cook the prawns for 3-4 minutes and then strain the water and put the prawns straight into a bowl of ice-cold water. Once the prawns have cooled down, remove the shells. Meanwhile, peel the carrot, mango and cucumber then use a julienne peeler to make julienne carrot, mango and cucumber. Use a sharp knife and cut the iceberg lettuce julienne like the other vegetable.

To make the dressing, chop the garlic, chilli and lemongrass (only the white part) very small. Whisk the sugar with the water and fish sauce until the sugar is dissolved then add the juice of 2 limes, the chopped garlic, chilli and lemongrass to the dressing and stir to combine all the flavours together.

Use a big mixing bowl and mix the mango, carrot, cucumber, lettuce and prawns with the dressing then transfer to a serving dish or bowl. Garnish with coriander, mint and roasted peanuts and enjoy the salad.