MEANG KHUM: AN UNUSUAL FRESH SPINACH STARTER {RECIPE}

 

 

 

 

There used to be a Vietnamese and Thai restaurant called “Soi” in Melville (Jozi). On the menu was a specific starter that we just couldn’t get enough of. The restaurant closed down out of the blue & one of the things that I missed (& craved) was said starter. The recipe is rather straight forward – as you will see just now – but the sauce (a honey-look alike) was the one thing that we just could not pin point.

So, imagine my delight when I paged through the Sunday Times food section* recently & saw the recipe….

 

THAI SPINACH CONES WITH PALM SUGAR SAUCE (Meang Khum), serves 4

 

Palm sugar dressing:

 

750g palm sugar (or brown sugar)

 

30g salt

 

150ml water

 

10g shrimp paste

 

75g freshly grated root ginger

 

 

 

Cones:

 

800g spinach  / chard leaves, washed

 

1 lemon chopped with rind

 

1 large onion, finely chopped

 

3cm fresh root ginger, peeled & finely diced

 

2 sticks lemongrass, very thinly sliced

 

4 fresh chillies, thinly sliced

 

80g (1/2 cup) peanuts

 

80g (1 cup) toasted coconut flakes

 

For the sauce: combine the sugar, salt & water in a pot & bring to the boil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add shrimp paste & ginger, reduce heat & simmer until thickened. Remove from heat & cool. Decant into an airtight container & refrigerate until needed (makes about 1 litre).

 

To assemble the dish: arrange the spinach leaves on a plate or wooden board. Place the remaining ingredients in individual bowls around the plate or board. To make a cone, place a spinach leaf in the palm of your hand. Roll into a cone. Spoon a small amount of each condiment into the cone & top with palm sugar sauce.

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Not only is this one easy & refreshing, but it’s also a really easy way to add some freshness to a meal. Give it a try – I can almost guarantee that you’ll love it!

 

Yolandi ♥

 

*Recipe (by Julian Cohen) taken from the food section of the Sunday Times, 17 Aug. 

 

2 Comments on MEANG KHUM: AN UNUSUAL FRESH SPINACH STARTER {RECIPE}

  1. Sabeeha Husain-Smith
    November 27, 2015 at 9:43 am (2 years ago)

    I love this! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Reply
    • Yolandi
      November 27, 2015 at 10:31 am (2 years ago)

      Glad you like it my friend. xxx

      Reply

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