Thailand is in the top 10 of cashew growers worldwide. Cashews appear in a wide variety of applications, from roasted nuts to purees in sauces. This unusual cashew salad from Thailand makes a nice snack, but can also be served as a side dish or appetizer. Enjoy.
Yum Med Mamuang
Thai Cashew Salad
1 scallion (green onion/spring onion)
1 stalk lemongrass
1 Tbs. coarsely chopped Chinese celery leaves
1 Tbs. chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1 medium-sized jalapeño
1/2 medium-sized sweet red pepper (want about as much red pepper as jalapeño)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 lb. raw large whole cashews
I’ve made a couple of trips to Thailand, a gloriously exotic place that is among the several tropical locales where ginger grows easily and everywhere. Its bright, fragrant flowers can be seen decorating most backyards, and hands of ginger are piled high in the markets. It flavors stir-fries and curries, teas and sweets.
In Thailand, as in most of Asia, tea is the most widely consumed beverage. However, because of its latitude, Thailand doesn’t get cold weather. Much of the year is, in fact, steamy, so cold drinks are welcome. In Thailand, iced coffee is very popular, and cans of iced coffee are more common (and cheaper) than Coca Cola. Sweet, locally produced sodas and fruit juices are also abundant. This sweet ginger soda from Thailand is the perfect treat for anyone who loves ginger. It has a delightfully tropical taste, along with a bit of a bite, thanks to ginger’s fiery nature. Enjoy.
Thai Ginger Soda
1/4 cup chilled khing chuam (recipe below)
1 cup (or more) chilled seltzer water or club soda