In the title of the article “Yam Pla Muek, the Squid Salad, that healthy Thai food!”, appear two fashionable buzzwords – healthy and Thai, which means that this recipe has ingredients which guarantee healthy benefits with full of authentic flavors. It is especially because of ingredients like: squid, soy sauce, rice vinegar, coriander leaves and basil leaves that we insist that this recipe is especially good. Squid is easy to buy but a total pain in the neck to clean. If you have never cooked squid before, you will be delighted at how simple it is, provided you follow this advice: “Squid pieces must be cooked for only 3-4 minutes, whether they are fried or poached. If you overrun that time, the squid will need to be cooked for 40 minutes or longer to make it tender again. Strange but true.
What about red bird chilies? They are extremely hot so use them sparingly and be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling them-other wise their volatile juice may end up where it shouldn’t be if you happen to rub your eyes or scratch your nose. Yam Pla is the ubiquitous seasoning of Thailand, used instead of salt or soy sauce.
For 4-6 serves, as a first course you will need exactly:
- 675g small squid, cleaned
- 900ml water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeds scooped
- out and flesh cut into thin half-moon shapes
For the dressing the following ingredients:
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon yam pla fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
- 2 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1-3 small small red bird chilies, finely chopped
- 2 shallots, very finely sliced
- 2 teaspoons caster sugar
- 4 tablespoons warm water
- 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped basil leaves
Start by mixing all the ingredients for the dressing, except the coriander and basil leaves, in a glass bowl. Cut the squid into pieces. Boil the water with the salt, put the squid pieces into the boiling water and leave them to cook, with the water just bubbling a little, for 3-4 minutes. Drain immediately.
While the squid pieces are still warm, put them into the bowl with the dressing and mix well. Let the squid cool before mixing the coriander, basil and cucumber into the salad. Adjust the seasoning with more salt if necessary. Serve at room temperature.
Interested in calories? Have a look at daily values in percentage of fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbs, sugar, dietary fiber and protein of this healthy salad.
Calories 291.73 Calories from fat 30.46
Daily Values %
5%Total Fat ⇒3.38
17%Total Carbs ⇒21.73mg
4% Sugars ⇒4.3mg
18% Dietary Fiber ⇒6.99mg
Vitamin C 101.7 mg Vitamin A 6.9 mg
Iron 357.7 mg Calcium 217.1 mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher.
Information about calories taken from: Recipe of health