Food Trip Friday: Easy and Lite Khmer Salad ‘Nhyom’
I’m still trying my very best to be faithful to my diet. And I think I succeeded 98% of the time. Hehe. One of the things I’m thankful for is that Hubby is back so were back to a majority ‘Khmer diet’. And when we say simple, home-cooked Khmer food, then that’s mostly vegetables, seafoods, more vegetables for mains and a lot of fruits for snacks. Which does really good things for my diet.
Here’s one of my favorite Khmer dishes. It’s actually a salad, very basic and easy to make. It’s called the ‘Nhyom‘. In restaurants, there are other kinds of nhyom, the basic, and special ones with fresh banana heart, papaya with crab etc. The one I usually make at home is just the basic one.
You’ll need: Monggo sprouts (make sure this is really fresh), cucumber, green tomatoes (I prefer the not-so round imported ones, they have less juice and seeds), carrots (optional), cabbage, basil (you can skip this if you’re not into herbs) and peppermint herbs. Veggies sliced depending on how you want it. You’ll also need sliced pre-boiled pork (the ones with a little fat tastes better..) and ground peanuts.
For the sauce: Mix lemon (or a bit of vinegar), fish sauce, a little hot water, sugar, chili and a little powdered peanuts (optional). Mix the sauce and the veggies all together and toss for a few minutes.
If I want it to have more flavor, add in flaked roasted shrimps or ground dried smoked anchovies. Super yummy!!! I can finish off one big bowl and feel full but light. I’ve been exceptionally good in following my diet so I think I deserve a reward.. An ice cream ( 0_0 horrors!) would do. Whatchathink?
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