Watermelon Rind Kimchi? Well, I love watermelon. We eat an embarrassing amount in our house. We even used to have watermelon eating contests…and not even as a fun thing to do with our kids. Just me and my husband, don’t judge. But with copious amounts read more
The funk of salted eggs, long a beloved Asian flavor, is finally catching on here in the states, and I am here for it! If you are not familiar with this trendy ingredient, my Salted Egg Salad is a perfect place to start. This is a popular Filipino dish, usually eaten more like a relish or side dish alongside grilled meats. Since this doesn’t require any cooking, it’s a perfect summer dish.
Salted eggs, usually duck eggs, are cured in a salt brine. This gives loads of complex flavor, especially to the yolk, which become really dense and creamy. Buttery and rich, they are used to flavor everything from chips to coffee drinks to stir fries. Recently I saw salted egg cookies at Costco! In China, they are frequently served with Congee, or used to make their iconic moon cakes. This Salted Egg Salad is a typical use for them in the Philippines. While you can make your own salted eggs at home, they are readily available at Asian grocers. They are sold in their shells, and have a long shelf life.
Making Salted Egg Salad
This is a very fast recipe. First I start by prepping the veggies.
Now that all the veggies are prepped, it’s time to break into the salted eggs. Make sure you are cutting on a stable surface and I placed a wet paper towel to keep the egg from rocking. You can also use a kitchen towel as well. It’s important that the knife is sharp as you will be using some force to break through the shell and cut through the egg. Use the point of your knife and start at the center of the egg. Push into the egg and come down in one firm move. Then rotate your egg and do the same thing.
Salted eggs cannot be peeled as the shell pretty much adheres itself to the egg. So use a spoon and scoop carefully, avoiding any bits of shell.
Now the only thing left to do is to season with a little lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
This richly flavored Salted Egg Salad is the perfect accompaniment to simply prepared meat or fish.
I can’t wait for you to try this dish and find out what all the salted egg fuss is about! Please take a second to rate and comment on the recipe below, and tag us in your pics @funkyasiankitchen, we love hearing from you!
- 3 salted duck eggs
- 3 small persian cucumbers or ⅓ large European cucumber
- 3 tomatoes- any kind is fine
- ¼ red onion
- Handful of cilantro
- 1 scallion, minced
- 1 lemon
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Wash the cucumber. Next, cut it in half lengthwise and then slice across it into chunky bite-size pieces.
- Put the cucumber into a bowl. Wash and then dice the tomatoes into large pieces and add it to the bowl of cucumbers.
- Dice the red onion into a small pieces. Rinse the onion in a colander under cold running water and then drain the water completely. Add it to the bowl of veggies.
- Chop the cilantro and add it with the scallion to the veggies.
- Peel and dice the eggs. Add them to the bowl.
- Cut and squeeze the lemon over the veggies and season with ground black pepper to taste.
- Gently mix the ingredients and taste. Adjust the seasoning with a little salt or pepper if needed. Serve Salted Egg Salad immediately.
Keywords: filipino, pinoy, condiments, sides, vegetarian, eggs
Cà Tím Nuong is a lovely grilled Vietnamese eggplant salad. I don’t always want to fire up the grill just for a few veggies though. By now I think you know I really hate to get a grill going outside in South Florida; I find the humid heat torturous enough! In today’s recipe, I’ve captured everything I love about the original; all of the fresh herbs, the zingy dressing, the crunchy fried shallots, and the meltingly tender eggplant without having to deal with the hassle of grilling. Plus I even threw in some zucchini for color and an extra serving of veggies! This warm eggplant salad makes a wonderful starter or side, and makes a delicious light supper for two.
Nuoc Cham Dressing
Nuoc cham is a fundamental Vietnamese sauce. It’s insanely flavorful and so easy to make. If you’re like me and you just can’t get enough of its citrusy, funky taste, make a double batch and use it for Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Bowls, Bahn Mi sandwiches, or Chicken Larb Wraps.
You can omit the fish sauce and substitute coconut aminos or soy sauce if you want to make this vegan. It will still be delicious; it will just be missing that little pop of funk.
Eggplant seems to be a love it or hate it veggie, and I’m definitely in the love it camp. I use Chinese eggplant here, you can find it at Asian grocers and frequently at farmers markets. It is long and slender, with vivid purple colors. This type of eggplant is much more tender and cooks faster than the typical globe eggplant you see in grocery stores. It’s also less seedy and bitter. You never have to peel it, salt it, or do any cooking voodoo to make it delicious.
Roasting eggplant at high heat makes it very tender. I like it to get nicely browned because the caramelization brings out its sweetness. Just wash and cut off the stem. No need to peel it. The flesh is so tender, it’s actually a benefit to keep the skin on.
Then I put the eggplant salad in a serving dish and top with fried shallots. The warm veggies, the fresh herbs, the citrusy nuoc cham, and the crunchy shallots make for a magical combination. If you’ve only ever had a warm spinach salad, now is your chance to add another warm salad to your repertoire. And if you have salad haters in the house, just don’t call it a salad. They’ll never know!
This Eggplant Salad is perfect alongside Sesame Green Beans and Stir Fried Pea Shoots for a light, healthy dinner. With a heaping bowl of Coconut Rice too, of course. 😉 Let me know what you think by commenting on and rating the recipe below, and tag us in your pics @funkyasiankitchen, we love hearing from you!
- 1 pound Chinese eggplant (3 medium)
- 1 medium zucchini
- ½ large yellow onion
- 3 Tablespoons neutral oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ cup cilantro (small handful)
- ¼ cup mint (small handful)
- 1 small shallot or ½ large shallot
- 2 Tablespoons fried shallots
- 4 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice (from about 3 limes)
- 2 large garlic cloves minced
- 2 Tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1–2 Thai bird chile, minced, optional
Make the dressing:
- Combine the lime juice, garlic, fish sauce, sugar, and chilis.
- Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Thinly slice the shallots and add it to the dressing. Stir to combine so the shallot rings separate.
- Set aside.
Prepare the vegetables:
- Preheat the oven to 425 and move the oven rack to the middle position.
- Wash and then trim the base of the eggplant. Cut it into thirds lengthwise. Then cut the eggplant logs in half and then into wedges. Place the eggplant on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Wash the zucchini well and trim the base. Cut it into thirds lengthwise. Then cut the zucchini logs in half and then into wedges. Add it to the eggplant.
- Cut the onion into thick slices and add it to the vegetables.
- Add the oil, salt, and pepper to the vegetables and toss to combine. Spread the vegetables evenly on the baking sheet and roast in the oven for 25 minutes. They should be fully cooked and nicely caramelized.
- If your vegetables look a little pale, you can broil them for a couple of minutes until they have better color.
- Transfer the vegetables to a bowl.
- Roughly chop the cilantro and mint and add to the vegetables. Next pour the dressing over the vegetables. Gently toss to combine.
- Transfer the eggplant salad to a serving dish and garnish with the fried shallots. Serve immediately.
*You can use regular globe eggplant if you cannot find Chinese eggplant. Peel the eggplant and cut it into thick slices. Stack the slices and cut through them to create thick strips. Finally cut across the strips to create ½ inch cubes. Then proceed with the rest of the recipe.
Keywords: eggplant, nuoc cham, vietnamese, zucchini, healthy, salads