Spicy tomato dip with raw seasonal vegetables

Spicy tomato dip with raw seasonal vegetables

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Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong
Serves
4
Photographer
Stuart Scott

The Akha are the dominant ethnic group of Mae Salong, originally from Tibet and now living in Myanmar and northern Thailand. I was there to meet Arpeh, a village elder who was going to show me a traditional Akha dish. I must admit I was expecting to go hunting for wild boar or goat in the mountains, but instead we made an amazing vegetarian dish, using vegetables grown organically in the village garden. Much of the flavour of this dish comes from the dried fermented bead curd sheet. If you can’t get any, use the preserved bean curd packed in glass jars at your Asian market.

To serve

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
white cabbage, finely sliced
raw choko, peeled and cut into batons
raw mustard greens, leaves cut in half crossways, with the bottom halves cut into thin wedges through the stems

Tomato dip

Quantity Ingredient
5 long red chillies
4 garlic cloves, skin left on
4 red asian shallots, skin left on
3 vine-ripened tomatoes
1 dried fermented bean curd sheet
or 1 teaspoon preserved bean curd, squashed to a paste

Method

  1. To make the tomato dip, first heat a barbecue chargrill or chargrill pan to medium–low. Chargrill the chillies for about 3 €minutes, turning often until they darken in colour. Remove from the heat. Now chargrill the garlic, shallots and tomatoes until blackened and tender. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  2. If using the bean curd sheet, cook it on the grill for 1 €minute on each side, or until crisp. Remove from the heat.
  3. Peel the blackened garlic, shallots and tomatoes. Place in a large mortar with the chillies, bean curd and a pinch of sea salt, then pound with a pestle into a smooth paste.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and use as a dip with your choice of raw seasonal vegetables.
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