When a Michelin-trained private chef writes about food, you know it’s gotta be good and that’s exactly what Zen Chef at Zen Can Cook (previously known as Chefs Gone Wild) delivers–a food blog choked full of scrumptious dishes that rival the finest and best restaurants around. Zen is always wacky, hilarious, and I admire his cooking and wicked writing style (read this guest post and you’ll know what I mean!). He always provides great entertainment to his readers through his blog so you really have to check out his now spankingly new blog. Please welcome Zen Can Cook and his grilled shrimp and green papaya and mango salad to Rasa Malaysia. I am not sure about you but my stomach is growling at the very sight of this visually pleasing and utterly tantalizing dish. And Zen, you can be my private chef anytime!
When the lovely Bee over at Rasa Malaysia asked me to guest post on her beautiful blog I almost freaked out. Rasa Malaysia isn’t a blog. Rasa Malaysia is a mammoth of a blog! Me, I’m just a mice of a food blogger who lives in a hole in a dark corner of the internet. This is one of the first blogs I discovered when I started blogging about two years ago and one that shines bright in the blogospheric firmament. Needless to say, I feel very honored to be here in front of Rasa Malaysia’s audience and I promise to do my best not to break anything in my short stay here. To make the best impression I can even offer to vacuum and take out the garbage after I’m done. Hmm.. Excuse me.. sir!?.. err.. Fine!.. I will mop the floor, too! I do not want to be mauled by a mob of hungry RM fans! The old paper bag trick took care of my hyperventilation, I did my affirmations and half a bottle of Tequila later I think I’m finally ready for the spotlight. Let me tell you, this is more pressure than having a Michelin starred chef looking over your shoulder. Let’s start shall we?
[silence followed by gargling sound].
Green papaya salad is a classic and popular Vietnamese dish. Maybe it doesn’t sound like much to some people but I guarantee you it’s one with high impact and pleasing value. What you get is a salad that is sweet, spicy, crunchy, cool and refreshing at the same time and the perfect match for grilled shrimp. It’s like a little vacation on a plate! I’m French and I was really tempted to work frog legs into the dish or serve the whole thing over toasted baguette but thank God…I did not. I kept it pretty classic except for a few exceptions. For one my papaya wasn’t green enough. A green papaya should have white seeds, mine were on their way to ripeness so I improvised and used a green mango too and some jicama and carrots for extra crunch and it worked beautifully. It’s a very adaptable dish so feel free to use and experiment with any combinations you like. Mung bean sprouts would be a great addition too. To finish it off the salad is tossed with a delicious Vietnamese dressing made with lime juice, garlic-chili powder and nam pla and the whole thing is sprinkled with chopped peanuts. Yum and enjoy!
Now if you excuse me. I have some blogkeeping to do.
[Picks up a broom and starts sweeping]