This is a dish traditionally eaten at a Lunar New Year feast with the family, a colourful platter of shredded vegetables, pickled ginger and salmon garnished with a tasty sauce.
- 100 g wonton wrappers, sliced 1 cm wide
- vegetable oil to deep fry
- ¼ cup (40 g) thinly sliced candied ginger
- 1 thumb sized piece (40g) grated fresh ginger
- ¼ cup (40 g) thinly sliced pickled ginger
- 2 tbsp (20 g) julienned red salted ginger *
- 2 tbsp (20 g) pickled onion, sliced finely
- 1 cup (100 g) shredded carrot
- 2 cups (100 g) shredded lettuce
- 1 cup (100 g) shredded green apple
- 1 cup (100 g) shredded cucumber
- 1 medium-large (180 g) turnip, shredded
- 200 g thinly sliced sashimi salmon
- 1 tbsp finely chopped coriander
- 3 green shallots, finely shredded
- ½ cup (75 g) sesame seeds, toasted
- ¾ cup (100 g) crushed roasted peanuts
- ½ tsp five spice powder
- ½ tsp pepper
- ½ cup (150 g) Chinese plum sauce*
- 1½ tbsp soy sauce
- 2½ tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp warm water
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
The following recipe has been tested and edited by SBS Food and may differ slightly from the podcast.
Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat until 180ºC. Deep-fry sliced wonton wrappers in small batches until golden and crisp (15–20 seconds per batch). Remove from oil with a mesh skimmer and drain on paper towel.
Arrange all salad ingredients and fried wonton wrappers on a large platter by colour, placing salmon pieces last. Scatter the vegetables with coriander, sesame, peanuts and spices.
Place ingredients for the sauce in a bottle and shake well to combine. Pour sauce over salad in a circular motion. Traditionally, each guest tosses the salad with chopsticks whilst saying auspicious wishes for good prosperity during the coming year.
• Red salted ginger and Chinese plum sauce are available from Chinese food stores.
Photography by Alan Benson. Styling by Michelle Noerianto.