Goi Ga / Chicken Salad

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Vietnamese chicken salad, or ‘Goi ga’, is much loved throughout the country. As I was walking through the early-morning Quy Nhon markets, I noticed a lot of fresh jellyfish being sold; Vietnamese cooks would mainly add jellyfish to noodle soups. Here I have added jellyfish to the Goi ga, and it works perfectly. Jellyfish carries flavour and is a textural delight.

- Luke Nguyen from The Food of Vietnam


SERVES 4-6


INGREDIENTS

1 single chicken breast, skin removed

500ml chicken stock

75g white cabbage, finely shredded

10 perilla leaves, roughly chopped

10 mint leaves, roughly chopped

5 vietnamese mint leaves, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon Toasted rice powder

1 teaspoon Fried garlic chips

1 teaspoon garlic oil

1/4 red onion, cut into rings

3 tablespoons Nuoc mam cham dipping sauce

1 tablespoon roasted peanuts, crushed

1 tablespoon Fried red Asian shallots

1 red bird’s eye chilli, thinly sliced


METHOD

Place the chicken breast in a small saucepan and cover with the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Poach the chicken for 15 minutes, or until just cooked through. Remove the breast from the stock andallow to cool. (Reserve the stock for another use.)

In a large mixing bowl, dd the cabbage, herbs, rice powder, garlic chips, garlic oil and onion.

Finely shred the cooled chicken breast, then add to the salad and gently toss together well. Add 2 tablespoons of the nuoc mam cham, mix gently and transfer to a serving bowl.

Dress the salad with the remaining nuoc mam cham. Sprinkle with the peanuts, fried shallots and chilli and serve.

Phuong Nguyen