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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fishwort Salad (涼拌魚腥草)



Fishwort is probably one of the weirdest greens I have ever tasted, it is also called lizard's tail and bishop's weed, the smell of it is really awful to me, it is a cross between fishy and bloody smell. But many people swear by the taste and it has very good medicinal property-- it is said to kills bacteria and viruses while also serving to reduce fevers and inflammation, promote wellness of the eyes and stimulate menstruation as well as bladder and bowel functions.

So it sounds like worth enduring the smell to consume, right? Beside, I was told that once you get passed the smell, you will fall in love with the taste! This salad green is not easily available in the market, in China it is the root that most people go after, it is suppose to taste even better than the leaves. I got my supply from a friend and decided to make this simple salad when we got home.

To my surprise, mom and NS loves it! They split the whole bowl as brother and I could not get pass the second bite.



Ingredients:

1 colander of (around 200 gm) of fishwort /lizard tail/bishop's weed leaves
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp chopped spring onion

The salad dressing:
3-4 Dried chili(cut into 1 inch, cook with 3 tbsp of cooking oil to infused the fragrant and spiciness into oil, I did mine in microwave, 1 minute at a time for 2 minutes.
1 tbsp Soy sauce
1 tbsp Black vinegar
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt




1. Clean and soak the fishwort leaves in water for 10 minutes, drain and set aside.

2. In a saucepan or microwavable bowl, make the chili oil and set aside.

3. Place all dressing ingredients in a bowl and blend well.

4. Toss the greens and dressing together in a salad bowl and serve.


A very special salad -- Fishwort Salad




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