Spicy Green Mango

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So, it finally appears: the recipe for the namesake of my blog, Spicy Green Mango (salad).  It's inspired from my dear friend who learned it from her mom (ahh..I love it when the art of cooking is handed down from one generation to the next).  We had arranged for a lunch date and she told me she'd be bringing over a savory mango salad to share.  I heard the words 'green mango,' and I instantly knew I'd love it.  When I tasted the tart crispness of the green mangos and the kick of the chili peppers, I swear my tastebuds did cartwheels on my tongue.  The salad is so light and just perfect for a hot, sunny day.  She topped hers with some dried cuttlefish for some protein, but you can stick with the mangoes and you'll still be dancing happily.

Excited by her creation, I dove in and added my own twist.  I really enjoyed the tartness of green mangos and wanted to balance it with some sweetness, so I used meyer lemons.  I commissioned my sister to squeeze them for me b/c we plan on making some lemonade later this week.  Along with meyers, I payed homage to my Laotian roots and sprinkled in some toasted sticky rice powder which really added another layer of flavor to the dish.  But the secret in this entire salad is really the fact that my friend and I use a mandolin to form matchsticks out of the mango.  Slicing it this way keeps it from getting soggy and retains the natural crispness of the mango's flesh.  

And of course, what Southeast Asian dish would be complete without a splash of fish sauce? Not in my house!  You may notice that I do use fish sauce quite a bit in my recipes.  Well, let's just put it this way.  Fish sauce to me is like butter to Paula Dean..yeah, downright inseparable!  I noticed on an episode of Food Network's show, Chopped, that some of the chefs cringed at the seemingly unsightly and un-American use of fish sauce in their dishes.  I felt like hurling my bottle of fish sauce at them for displaying such ignorance.  Seriously?  But of course, being the passive aggressive viewer that I am, I opted to blog about my objection and hopefully encourage each of you to stay true to your own roots and flavors and add a splash of spice to your life.  After all, what's the point of cooking when you can't cook it the way our mommas (and or pappas) taught us, right? Okay, now somebody pass me my fish sauce, I got some cooking to do.

BTW: If you're still skeptical about the use of fish sauce, one of my favorite food blogger couples: White on Rice does a fine job of extolling its merits while presenting a lovely recipe for their Umami Burgers.

Instructions: Combine the freshness and drizzle on the juiciness, toss gently and you're all set!

1 large green, unripe mango, sliced into matchsticks*
*I used a mandolin to slice mine.  So much easier and much faster.

1/2 cup, meyer lemon juice (add a bit more if your pucker level desires)
2 tsp, toasted rice power (see recipe below)
3 packets of Stevia OR 1 tsp of sugar
2 tsp, fish sauce

Garnish with:
3 sprigs of Vietnamese coriander, finely chopped*
1 spring of culantro, finely chopped*
*If you can't find these herbs nearby, you may also substitute with fresh mint

Toasted Rice Powder Mixture:
1/2 tsp, ground chili pepper OR 1 Thai/Lao bird chili
1/2 tsp, sugar
a dash of salt


3 Responses

  1. Divina Pe says:

    After eating a lot of ripe mangoes these past few weeks, I'm craving for some green mangoes. They are truly refreshing.

  2. Gerri says:

    LOVE these pictures! Dying to try some of the recipes, although at the moment I can almost taste this food just from the images posted. Wonderful!

  3. Krissyp says:

    Sounds incedible. The ingredients are so refreshing. Can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing.

    Okay also I want to let you know that I have been tagged in a game "Tag you are it"! and I am tagging you now!:) Visit when you have time!

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