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Aromatic Apple Salad with Crispy Rice Cakes
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Meet Celebrity Chef Mini C
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Thai Grilled Beef Salad

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.

Meet Celebrity Chef Mini C

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 Network, Channel 5. Her first dish appears below.

 

 


Thai Grilled Beef Salad


 By MINI C, Celebrity Chef

SERVES TWO

This is very Thai. It is another way of making beef more interesting, — apart from the usual stir-frying and stewing methods. Although quite a filling dish, it is great for your waistline as long as you trip any fat from the beef. Especially great with an ice-cold beer.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Vegetable oil for greasing the grill rack

400g (14oz) beef topside in one piece

2 bird’s eye chillies (small but lethal)

2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

3 tablespoons Thai fish sauce (not fish stock)

4 ½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ tablespoon caster brown sugar (optional)

80g (3oz) cucumber, finely sliced

2 whole tomatoes, cut into wedges

½ onion, thinly sliced

2 spring onions, chopped

½ handful of coriander leaves, to garnish.

Preheat the grill to medium-high and lightly grease the grill rack. Place the beef on the rack and grill for 2-3 minutes on each side until it is medium-rare, then set aside to cool.

Pound the chillies and garlic together into a paste using a pestle and mortar. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the fish sauce, lemon juice and sugar.

Thinly slice the beef and add it to the bowl, along with the cucumber, tomatoes, onion and spring on­ions and very gently toss together.

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