For the dressing
- 5 tbsp pomelo, grapefruit or lime juice
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
A seasoning often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. In Vietnam it is usually made from shrimp…
- 2 tbsp light muscovado sugar
- 2 tsp tamarind paste or HP sauce
A seed pod from the tamarind tree that is used extensively in South-East Asian and Indian…
For the salad
- 1 just-ripe avocado
Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…
- 1 shallot, finely sliced
Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…
- 1 red bird's-eye chilli, finely shredded (deseeded if you don't like it too hot)
- 1 pomelo or a plump, white grapefruit
Named for the fact that the fruits grow in grape-like bunches, grapefruits are the largest…
- 250g large cooked prawn or crayfish tails
There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…
- 1 Little Gem lettuce, torn into leaves (optional)
- small pack fresh coriander, leaves only, torn
- 2 tbsp toasted salted peanut, roughly chopped
Pull apart the pomelo (see below) or segment the grapefruit, retaining any juices for the salad. (Pomelos may be dry, which is why the recipe gives lime juice as an option.)
Put 4 tbsp juice into a small pan with the fish sauce, sugar and tamarind paste. Bring to a simmer for 2 mins, or until thick and syrupy, then leave to cool.
Halve, stone, then slice the avocado, and toss with the shallot, chilli and remaining juice. Mound into bowls with the pomelo flesh, prawns, lettuce and coriander. Spoon over the sticky dressing, then scatter with the chopped peanuts.
How to prepare pomelosPomelos are about twice the size of grapefruit, but have a surprisingly thick layer of pith between the skin and the fruit. To prepare, score around the fruit with a serrated knife, then peel away the pith, digging right down to the fruit. Pull the fruit apart and peel away the membranes from the segments. you’ll find they separate easily and the fruit is a little less juicy than a grapefruit.