Please Pass the Recipe

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Viet chicken coleslaw 1My home is only a few hundred metres from Melbourne “Little Vietnam”, a lively strip of mainly Asian grocery shops, fresh seafood sellers, green grocers and pork butchers. Interspersed among the produce stockists are lively cafes, busy from late morning until the wee small hours, serving traditional Vietnamese dishes, fresh clean flavours fragrant with herbs. We love this salad dubbed coleslaw, the fresh flavours and crunchy textures, sometimes served with prawns or poultry sometimes without, make it a perfect stand alone hot night dinner. Inspired by my local Vietnamese take away cafe’s Vietnamese salad with roast duck, I include meat stripped from half a chicken poached in master stock.

This salad also makes a great filling for Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls

¼ chinese cabbage (wombok)

1 small carrot

2 red spring onions

½ telegraph cucumber

¼ cup sprouted mung beans or bean shoots

¼ red capsicum

1 cup Vietnamese mint leaves

2 tablespoons ground roasted peanuts

½ chicken poached in master stock


1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon fish sauce

juice of ½ lime

1 teaspoon grated garlic

1 teaspoon grated root ginger


About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs


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  2. Nga Nguyen
    November 25, 2014

    You are very inspiring! These are my 2 great loves too – cooking and photography..though I’m Vietnamese, I think you’re doing a better job than me right now! Well done and please continue to share your artistic work! Nga


    • ladyredspecs
      November 25, 2014

      Thank you Nga, I love the blogging process and feedback from readers make it special. I’m lucky to live in an ethnically diverse neighbourhood in a city which embraces the food all cultures with great enthusiasm.


  3. trangquynh
    February 3, 2013

    this dish makes me homesick, anw it’s really colorful and mouth-watering ^^


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This entry was posted on January 28, 2013 by in Chicken dishes, FODMAP diet, Food, Gluten Free, Light Savoury Dishes, Main Meals and tagged , , , .
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