Thai Swede Salad


Prep time: 
30 minutes


Thai Swede Salad


  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 red/green bird's eye chili
  • 2 tablespoon dried shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar, or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoon roasted peanuts
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bunch fine green beans
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 6 oz swede, cut into strands


  1. Cut the swede into thin strands and boil for 3 minutes in unsalted water. The fish sauce will add all the salt you need later.
  2. In a pestle and mortar, grind the garlic, brown sugar and bird's eye chilies until they form a smooth paste. The sugar grains will help to grind the garlic to a pulp.
  3. Add the dried shrimp and pound until the pieces are broken up.
  4. Add the brown sugar.
  5. Add the peanuts and lightly pound until they are broken into pieces - large or small as you prefer but not to a paste.
  6. Cut the green beans in half crossways and crush them with the mortar until they're crushed enough to absorb the flavours.
  7. Add the tomatoes and pound on them to bruise them. The tomatoes should stay whole but release their juices. Add the swede and mix in.
  8. Add fish sauce and all the juice of a lime and mix together.
  9. Mix really well and add more fish sauce, lime juice, or sugar as needed.


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