The other day, I had the please of making Thai Pork Salad and Thai Shrimp Salad for dinner, I took the liberty of taking some pictures so you can learn how to make authentic thai salads too.
This is my favorite food to eat when I am drinking rice wine or soju and highly recommended if you are into spicy foods.
(You can original version of this instructable here)
Here's some Thai language lessons before we begin here:
Yam-Muh-Yuh means Thai Pork Salad while Yam-Koong means Thai Shrimp Salad, where Yam means Thai Salad while Muh-Yuh means Pork Sausage and Koong means Shrimp.
This is the "northern Chiang Mai" style, where my girlfriend is from, who taught me this.
Step 1: Ingredients
(Asian Pork Sausage)
You will first need Asian Pork Sausage, which can be found at most Chinese markets. This is essential ingredient so try to get the authentic one.
For fresh taste, I highly suggest you to get some raw wild-caught shrimps. The brand I got was Master Catch, these are actually shrimps from Thailand, I got lucky since I can now make the food even more authentic. I got these at my Lucky's so you might be able to find them at your local supermarket too. (I think a lot of shrimps in America are imported from Thailand, great for Thai cooking.)
You will need some green onions, 3-4 green onions will do.
You will need these Thai Chilis to make the salad spicy.
Don't forget Limes, you will need about 3-5 of these.
Cilantros are the main vegetable ingredient to this Thai Pork Salad and Thai Shrimp Salad.
I got red onions because they make the salads taste a little sweeter but you can use regular white onions too.
Also, you will need some fish sauce. For authenticity, get the Tiparos brand from Thailand, you should be able to find these at your local Asian supermarket. (or Amazon has them too here.)
Step 2: Mix Up the Ingredients!
For Chilis, be careful how much you put in as it can get very spicy. You can set aside some of your cut-up chilis and add them later if the salad is not spicy enough.
Now, squeeze all your lime, about 4 half-pieces on each of the Pork and Shrimp salad bowls.
Pour in some of the fish sauce now, (about 4-5 squeezes) and then mix up the salads.
After mixing, taste it.
If it's not spicy enough, add more chili.
If it's not sour enough, add more lime.
If it's not tasty enough, add more fish sauce.
Keep doing this until it tastes just right for your tongue.
Step 3: Serve Within the Next 6 Hours for Best Taste.
Also note that these Thai salads are only tasty and good about 5-6 hours after making it so if you are going to make it, make it right before you eat, fresher the better. (sorta like Sushi)
Serve with some rice wine, sake, or soju and don't forget to eat with rice too.