Life All Travel Destinations Entertaining Food All Chefs Recipes Restaurants Wine Matching Wine All Wine 101 Wine News Wine Regions Wine Varietals Home > Selector Magazine > Food > Luke Nguyen’s char-grilled salmon salad Food Luke Nguyen’s char-grilled salmon salad Preparation time 1 hour (including marinating time) Cooking time 1 hour (including marinating time) Serves 4 as part of a shared dinner Ingredients 200g salmon fillet, skin on, pin boned 300g pickled vegetables (recipe below) 1 cup watercress 10 perilla leaves, sliced 10 mint leaves, sliced 10 Vietnamese mint leaves, sliced 1 tsp fried garlic 1 tbsp roasted peanuts, crushed 1 tbsp fried red Asian shallots 1 bird’s eye chilli, sliced 3 tbsp nuoc mam cham dipping fish sauce (recipe below) Salmon marinade 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 tsp caster sugar 1.5 tbsp fish sauce Nuoc cham dipping fish sauce 3 tsp fish sauce 3 tbsp rice vinegar 2 tbsp sugar 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 bird’s eye chilli, thinly sliced 2 tbsp lime juice Pickled vegetables Note: pickling time - 3 days 625ml rice vinegar 440g sugar 1 tbsp salt 2 Lebanese (short) cucumbers 1 carrot 1 small daikon radish 1 celery stalk ½ lemon, cut into thin wedges Method Mix all the marinade ingredients in a bowl, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the salmon and marinate for 30 minutes. To make the salad, char-grill the salmon over medium-high heat for 3 minutes or until medium rare, making sure it is well coloured on the outside. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes, then flake the flesh into a bowl. Add remaining salad ingredients except the peanuts, shallots and chilli. Mix together and turn out onto a serving platter. Garnish with peanuts, shallots and chilli and serve. Notes: Fried shallots and fried garlic can be bought in Asian supermarkets or you can do your own. Peel and finely slice 6 garlic cloves and 4 eschallots. Deep fry in hot oil for 1-2 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towel. Nuoc cham dipping fish sauce Combine the fish sauce, rice vinegar, sugar and 125ml of water in a saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir well and cook until just before boiling point is reached. Remove from heat and cool. To serve, add the garlic and chilli, then stir in the lime juice. Store tightly sealed in a jar in the fridge for up to 5 days. Pickled Vegetables In a saucepan, combine rice vinegar, sugar and salt, stir well and bring to the boil. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Cut cucumbers in half lengthways and scrape out seeds. Cut cucumber, carrot, daikon and celery into 5cm x 5mm batons. Combine lemon wedges with the vegetables and place in a 1 litre plastic or glass container. Pour cooled pickling liquid over the vegetables to submerge them. Cover with a lid, place in the fridge and allow to pickle for 3 days before use. Note: Store any leftover pickled vegetables in the fridge for up to 1 week. Food Preparation time 1 hour (including marinating time) Cooking time 1 hour (including marinating time) Serves 4 as part of a shared dinner SHARE You might also like Food Chicken Satay Food Warm duck breast and cauliflower salad Food Lyndey Milan’s Easy kimchi recipe (inspired by Heather Jeong) Riesling is fantastic with spicy Asian food, but as we discovered in our “Red wine with Asian food tasting”, so is Shiraz! Crafted by Oatley Wines from premium Barossa fruit, the 2013 Signature Series is a great choice. It’s dense, fleshy and dark with lovely layers of sweet black fruit, soft, fine tannins and savoury oak.