Shredded cabbage salad with chilli-lime dressing

Recipe from: 8 November 2010

Ingredients 14
Servings 6
Time 5 mins


  • For the chilli-lime dressing:
  • 1
    fresh green chilli, seeds removed and very finely chopped
  • 3
    Thai fish sauce
  • 3
    castor sugar
  • 3
    Chinese rice wine vinegar
  • 4
    freshly squeezed lime juice
  • For the salad:
  • 2
    baby cabbages (or half a big cabbage)
  • 1
    punnet (about 2 cups) sugarsnap peas or snow peas ( (mange-tout)
  • Punnet chopped fresh coriander
  • For the garnish:
  • 1/2
    sunflower or vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1
    packet of two-minute noodles (that is, one block)
  • 1/4


10 mins
First make the dressing. Put the green and red chillies, the sugar, the fish sauce and the rice vinegar into a saucepan. Set over a high heat and bring to the boil. Boil for one minute, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool to room temperature. Stir in the lime or lemon juice and set aside.

Halve the baby cabbages vertically and cut a triangular notch to remove the white stalky bits. Using a mandolin or a razor-sharp knife, cut the cabbage into very fine shreds.   Make a stack of peas and cut them, on a sharp diagonal, into fine slices. Put the cabbage, the peas and the coriander into a salad bowl and toss well.

Ten minutes before you serve the salad, heat the oil in a small saucepan. Put a few pieces of absorbent kitchen paper on a plate. When the oil is good and hot roughly crumble the block of noodles into the oil, and fry for 30 seconds or two, or until just beginning to change colour. (**see important note, below) Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon, shake well, and tip onto the kitchen paper to drain. Now put the peanuts into the hot oil and fry for about 30 seconds and then remove, before they change colour, and drain on the kitchen paper.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Scatter the hot, crispy noodles and peanuts over the salad, and serve immediately.

Reprinted with the permission of "Scrumptious South Africa". Visit "Scrumptious South Africa" here for more recipes.



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