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Categories: Fish and shellfish, Salads

Bangkok-Style Pummelo Salad (Yum Som-O)

Bangkok-Style Pummelo Salad (Yum Som-O)
Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Pummelos vary in eating quality, depending on season and growing area. Fruits with green rinds can be good, but best flavor develops when the skin begins to turn yellow. Peak season in the Central Valley runs from December to March ... Read more

Total time: 45 minutes | Serves 4
Note: From India to the Philippines, many Asians make pummelo salads--a fine use for dry, "ricey" specimens. Bill Chutima and his wife, Dang, served this dish at Renu Nakorn, a renowned Thai restaurant in Norwalk that they owned until recently. Once the membranes of the pummelo segments have been removed, the firm, crisp pulp can be shredded into small pieces without dissolving. "We'd prefer a white-fleshed pummelo for this recipe, but any kind will do," Chutima says. Ingredients such as tamarind pulp and palm sugar are available at Thai and other Asian groceries.
  • 5 shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Water
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind pulp
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 shallots, sliced into fine ovals
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced into fine rounds
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Thai red chile paste
  • 1 (1 1/4-pound) pummelo, cut into segments, membranes removed and shredded (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 6 ounces cooked boneless, skinless chicken, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons toasted, shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon ground roasted peanuts, for garnish
  • 4 dried Thai red chiles, for garnish

Step 1Add shrimp to small pan of simmering water and cook 2 minutes; drain and set aside.

Step 2Place tamarind pulp in small bowl and add about 3 tablespoons warm water. Soak 20 minutes, stirring to help dissolve lump. Pour liquid through small, fine-meshed strainer into another small bowl and set aside.

Step 3Heat oil in wok or frying pan over medium-high heat and fry shallots until crispy, 1 to 2 minutes; remove with slotted spoon and set aside. Fry garlic over medium heat until crispy, 1 to 2 minutes; remove and set aside.

Step 4In large bowl, mix 1 tablespoon tamarind liquid (reserving rest for future use), along with fish sauce, lime juice, palm sugar and chile paste. Add pummelos, chicken, shrimp and coconut and toss to coat thoroughly.

Step 5Serve garnished with peanuts, dried chiles, fried shallots and fried garlic.

Each serving:
242 calories; 469 mg sodium; 49 mg cholesterol; 10 grams fat; 23 grams carbohydrates; 18 grams protein; 0.48 gram fiber.
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