Thursday, 15 August 2013

Oriental Style Chicken Salad


I told you this story before here about a ready made salad dressing that came with a packet of ready washed salad leaves. The dressing was very tasty and I checked the ingredients listing but it wasn't very helpful.


This dressing that I recreated was the first prototype and it tasted good though I could not get the exact taste as the ready made one. But it had all the elements of sweet, sour and salty, which is what I love in a good salad dressing.


The recipe below is good for 4 servings and since it's something I made up, you can always make your own adjustments to suit your own taste. I used my Chilli Bean Sauce Roasted Chicken in the salad but you can also use any Chinese style roasted or even steamed chicken.










Oriental Style Chicken Salad
Recipe source : Phong Hong as inspired by a store bought dressing

Salad ingredients :
- Mixed salad greens
- Carrots, grated
- Cucumbers, sliced
- Tomatoes, sliced
- Alfalfa sprouts
- Coriander leaves (cilantro)
- Spring onions, chopped
- Chicken meat, shredded

Dressing (Good for 4 servings) :
- 2 big cloves garlic (pounded)
- 1/2 inch ginger (pounded)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons bean paste (taucheow)
- 1 tablespoon dark soya sauce
- 1 teaspoon plum sauce
- 200ml rice vinegar
- 100ml water

Additional ingredients for salad dressing :
- Sesame oil
- Grapeseed oil or any neutral tasting oil

For garnishing :
- toasted sesame seeds.

To make dressing :
- Pound garlic and ginger (or run through garlic press)
- In a saucepan add garlic, ginger, honey, bean paste, dark soya sauce, plum sauce, vinegar and water.
- Bring the dressing to a boil and lower heat to simmer for 10-15 minutes until marinade is slightly thick.
- Take it off the heat and cool.

To serve :
- Put salad ingredients into a mixing bowl.
- In another bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of dressing with 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil (or any neutral tasting oil) and 1 teaspoon sesame oil.
- Pour dressing into salad ingredients and toss to mix well.
- Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.


29 comments:

  1. Wow, you even make your own dressing.

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    1. Jozelyn, home made dressing is really good. Try it!

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  2. Really interesting that u use taucu in your dressing! Healthy looking salad, great for a weekday lunch.

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    1. Yen, taucu tastes good in dressing. Our Terenganu salad uses taucu and it is yummy!

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  3. Healthy looking salad....and a first time hearing using taucu as part of dressing. Interesting!

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    1. Mel, taucu is pretty good in dressing. Gives it that Oriental feel.

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  4. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.com15 August 2013 at 23:51

    Phong Hong, this is very healthy and refreshing :)

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    1. Thanks, Ivy! I love this type of salads as a main meal.

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    1. Thanks, Vimitha! It is very filling too.

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  6. Looks good! Looks something like kerabu or Thai salad with your own original dressing.

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    1. Thanks! I like coming up with my own dressing once in a while.

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  7. Again, you have created another great fusion dish! But hoh, if I eat this for lunch, then I need to cari makan again at 2pm, hahaha!

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    1. Jessie, this salad is quite filling because there is chicken in it :)

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  8. Delicious salad, Phong Hong! I love eating salad, but did not make it that often. Your sauce sounds lovely and would be great as a dip too!
    Over at my potted garden, Malabar Spinach is what we called "Chan Choy", now does that sounds familiar? haha!
    Very easy to grow, buy a bunch of it, plant the stems in the ground and harvest your veggie, about 2 months later or even earlier!

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    1. Thanks, Joyce! I must look out for this "Chan Choy". It looks like a delicious vege to eat!

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  9. I am adding this recipe for dressing to try out in the future!

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  10. Hi Phong Hong, I can really on you for salad recipes. Very appetising. I haven't tried adding taucheow in salads. I think I'll go for steamed or store bought roasted chicken which is faster. Must bookmarked this.

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    1. Thanks, Kimmy! I like taucheow and I find that it tastes good in salad dressing. Quite a good idea to get store bought roasted chicken as it will save a lot of time.

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  11. All your salads make me drool. This looks delicious and refreshing!

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    1. Thanks, Mich! Hope that you like this one.

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  12. This looks great, I am making this for my husband I know he will love it! :)

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    1. Thanks, Lyndsey! That sounds great!

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  13. This one had gone straight into my Salad recipe folder. Thanks:)

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    1. Thanks, Quay Po! Hope it does not disappoint you :)

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  14. Quick Hi 2 u my dear.. after a long break.. How r u.. your space seems to be so colourful nowadays..
    d chicken salad looks so tempting.. i m drooling over here..

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    1. Hi Ogyep! You have been missing in action! Hope you had a great Hari Raya with your family. Try the chicken salad. Sedap!

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  15. Hi Phong Hong, very delightful salad, look so inviting. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Best regards.

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