This is the salad I always make at home whenever I am in need of something healthy, spicy and oriental. I use prawns, but you can use chicken strips, or fish or turkey instead. Sesame oil gives this salad an aromatic touch, and if you want to enhance the flavours keep it in the fridge for half an hour before serving.
The main ingredient is the green tea noodle, and you can find them in any oriental supermarket, the same as the lemongrass.
You can use soba noodles or even spaguetti if you can't find green tea noodles. Same with the fish sauce, if you can't find it, it's OK.
Half a packet green tea noodles
a handful of bean sprouts previously blanched in hot water for 3 minutes
half a red chilly thinly sliced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
5 or 6 cooked prawns
a handful of fresch coriander finely chopped
Half a red onion finely chopped
3 spring onions finely sliced (only the green part)
1 stick lemon grass finely sliced
sesame seeds for garnish
For the dressing:
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
the juice of half a lime
Boil the noodles according to the instructions in the packet, (if the instructions are in japanese, well...use your imagination) rinse with cold water when done and put them in a big bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients. In a small bowl, mix the ingredients for the dressing, pour over the salad and coat well. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve, sprinkle with the sesame seeds.