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How to make a Peranakan-style green bean salad

How to make a Peranakan-style green bean salad

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Text: Janice Sim


Who says salads are only meant to be bland?

Love Peranakan cuisine but know nothing about it? An easy dish to start mastering would be "Kerabu", which means vegetables, either raw or blanched, tossed with a concocted spicy sauce. Unlike the salads that we're familiar with, this one comes with a myriad of sweet, sour, and spicy flavours. Below, executive chef of Folklore, Damian D'Silva, reveals how to recreate a 4 angled bean salad. His rendition? It's all about fragrant dried prawns and the almighty sambal belachan. Try impressing the in-laws with this delightful dish.

4 Angled Bean Salad: Here's what you need

400g Green Mango, julienned
3 Red Chillies, julienned
3 Green Chillies, julienned
1 Ginger Flower, julienned then diced
4 Kaffir Lime Leaves, julienned
10 Daun Kemangi (lemon basil), julienned
8 Small limes, juiced
2 tbspn of Dried Prawns, washed and dried in oven till damped, then blend till floss-like
2 tpsn Sambal Belachan
1 pinch of Sugar
500g 4 Angled Beans, thinly sliced

4 Angled Bean Salad: Here's what you need

1.  Add lime juice, sambal belachan and sugar into a bowl and stir to mix well. Add one tablespoon of dried prawns and mix well.
2. Separately, add the julienned and sliced ingredients and mix well.
3. Add the lime juice mixture to the salad and toss well.
4. Lastly, add an additional tablespoon of dried prawns as a topping and serve. Best served slightly chilled.

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