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Tomato salad (Salat tomat)

You'll need

  • 2 tbsp
  • desiccated coconut
  • 60 ml (¼ cup)
  • kecap manis
  • 1 tsp
  • finely grated dark palm sugar (gula melaka)
  • 3
  • small red chillies, finely chopped
  • 6
  • vine-ripened tomatoes, thickly sliced

Method

  • 01
  • In a small pan, dry-roast desiccated coconut over medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden and fragrant. In a small bowl, combine kecap manis, dark palm sugar and chilli and season to taste with sea salt.
  • 02
  • Add all but 1 tsp of coconut to kecap manis mixture and stir to combine. To serve arrange tomatoes in a bowl, drizzle with dressing and scatter with remaining coconut.

This is a new dish I ate recently at Amandari Malay Restaurant in Penang. Traditionally, tomatoes as a salad are served unadorned. At most, a dip combining roasted shrimp paste, pounded chilli and sometimes a dash of sugar may be served, but here I was surprised to be offered a dip of dark soy, mixed with roasted coconut, palm sugar and chilli. It reminded me of a Thai dip as it was sweet, hot and coconutty.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

Featured in

Apr 2007

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