My love for Thai food constantly grows, but vegan Thai food is very hard to come by. In fact, I wouldn’t trust a Thai restaurant to say something is vegan because one of the most vital ingredients in all Thai food is fish sauce. So if you’re craving Thai I would recommend that you give up looking in any restaurant and resort to some good old fashioned home cooking.
Although fish sauce is a vital ingredient in almost every Thai dish you come accross, I think that each dish you make at home eliminating fish sauce is just as tasty if you use fresh ingredients and you find that craving completely satisfied.
Pomelo is one of my favourite South East Asian fruits, and you can find it in almost any Asian supermarket. I find myself feeling lucky most of the time with living in Asia and having access to countless fruits and vegetables that you just seem to not find anywhere else in the world other than in specialty supermarkets.
Pomelo is sometimes referred to as a Chinese grapefruit, with it’s thick skin and pear-like shape. It tastes rather like a sweet, overly ripe grapefruit. It actually makes an absolutely perfect salad, pairing particularly well with chilies and soy sauce. Before you judge me, or turn your head away, I highly recommend you try this out for yourself, if you can get your hands on a pomelo that is!
If you don’t have crushed dried chillies you can just as easily use those crushed chilli flakes or better still, use some fresh chillies finely chopped. Simply break the pomelo segments into bite-sized pieces, toss it together with the chillies, sugar, soy sauce and lime juice and let it stand for approximately 15 minutes, almost like marinading the pomelo in the dressing. Dish up and sprinkle some ground peanuts on top and you have a very simple, very tasty, pomelo salad.