Aromatic Apple Salad with Crispy Rice Cakes

Like Thai food? Then meet Mini C. That’s the pen name for Ob-oom Chutrakul, author of two cook books; executive consultant chef, S Cuisine, S Medical Spa; executive consultant chef, The Gastro; and managing director, Quintessentially (Thailand). She spent three decades abroad, returning to Thailand in 2007. While in the U.K., Mini C operated the prestigious Busabong Restaurants in London’s Chelsea district and became known as a celebrity chef, appearing as guest chef on a number of SKY Channel’s cooking programs. In addition, she shared her love for Thai cooking with audiences in 170 countries on TV shows broadcast over the Thai Global NetworkChannel 5

Serves 4 as part of a meal or 1 individually

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. Thai fish sauce, or 1/3 tsp. salt for vegetarians

A small amount of fresh chilli to your liking, pounded

1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed

1tsp caster brown sugar

1 red apple, cored and chopped into small cubes or sliced into wedges

1 green apple, cored and chopped into small cubes or sliced into wedges

25g or 1oz carrot, peeled and shredded

1 ½ tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice, or 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

4-5 rice crackers (salted or unsalted), as desired, per person, to serve

For the crispy baked shallots

2 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced

1/2 tbsp olive oil

Preheat the oven at 150 c

Mix the oil with sliced shallots and place on a heat proof tray. Bake for a few minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave aside to cool so they will get crispy.

How to make the salad

First make a batch of fried shallots.

Combine the fish sauce, chilli, garlic and sugar in a bowl, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

Stir in the red and green apples, the carrot, lemon or lime juice and the crispy shallots and toss together.

Transfer to a large plate or bowl and serve with rice crackers on the side.

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