Just as the name suggests, this recipe is surprisingly easy to make, and utterly delicious at the same time. Served as a side dish with most meals and snacks, coleslaw is a common relish that is wildly popular, and a worldwide favorite. This particular version – Thai coleslaw – brings an Asian touch to the dish, making it tangier and more exotic.
A vegetarian relish which is high on energy but low on calories and fat, coleslaw serves as a great side dish for steaks, hot dogs, and burgers, and can be a healthier alternative to the usual calorie-laden French fries. The relish needs to be refrigerated for a few hours, so make sure you prepare it early, in order to have it ready by the time you wish to serve it.
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 3 hours
Serving Size: Serves 8 persons
Utensils: Vegetable grater, knife, salad bowl, spoon
- 1/2 head white cabbage
- 1/2 head red cabbage
- 2 carrots
- 4 tablespoons lime juice
- 4 table spoons vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 600g chopped peanuts (unsalted)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Use the vegetable grater to finely shred the cabbages and the carrots, to make the base of the coleslaw mix – however, make sure you watch your fingers. In addition to using them for their flavour, another reason for using these different vegetables is to make a colorful and visually appealing medley of red, orange and white.
Pour these shredded vegetables into a large salad bowl. You can now begin to flavour them with a tangy Thai dressing. First, add the lime juice and vinegar to the shredded vegetables, to give them an element of tartness – this tangy flavour is a prominent characteristic of any coleslaw.
Follow this up by adding in the fish sauce, sesame oil, honey and chopped peanuts – all of these are quintessential Thai flavours (generally used in dishes like Pad Thai), and will lend an Asian kick to the coleslaw. Sprinkle the entire dish with salt and pepper to taste.
Mix the coleslaw thoroughly with a spoon, to make sure the flavours are evenly distributed throughout. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for around 3 hours. Keep stirring occasionally, especially before serving, to ensure that the ingredients and flavours are well-blended.