Author Notes:This recipe was inspired by a side dish I ate at a food cart. It took a few variations to get the dressing right, but is is the perfect dinner on a warm night and a great lunch the next day.
One Night in Bangkok Salad
Serves 4 to 6
1/4cup good-quality fish sauce
1/4cup vegetable oil
2tablespoons agave, honey, or simple syrup made with palm sugar (most authentic)
2teaspoons soy sauce
2tablespoons sesame oil
1pound lean steak or protein preference
1small head cabbage, shredded
1cup shredded carrots
1cup bean sprouts [Editors' note: Other sprouts work well, too!]
1red pepper, sliced thin
1Thai chili or serrano chili sliced thin
1handful of roughly chopped cilantro
1handful of roughly chopped mint
1/2cup roasted peanuts, chopped
1/4cup crispy fried shallots (available at Asian markets) or you can use the French-fried onions that you put on green bean casserole if you don't have access to an international market
A few edible flowers (optional)
Whisk together dressing ingredients. Use 1/3 of it to marinate protein of choice, set protein aside.
Place cabbage, carrots, sprouts, red pepper, half of the herbs, and chilis in a large bowl, combine with remaining dressing.
Grill or broil your steak, and set aside to rest.
Top salad with peanuts, shallots, the the rest of herbs, and place thinly sliced steak over the top and add a flower if desired.