Occasional stories, food and travel inspiration

Occasional stories, food and travel inspiration

Recipe: Thai Prawn Salad

My brother recently did some sorting out in my parent’s garage. Over the years it had become both a repository and a dumping ground – it was a place for all those odds and ends that were important enough to keep but irrelevant enough to neglect. Along with the handwritten mix tapes, old school projects and Patricia Cornwall novels, he found a whole box of old family albums.

This photo of my mum and dad was taken in the 60s.

Mum and Dad

They were visiting Mount Gambier, South Australia, with a group of friends to visit the family of a friend.

Mum and Dad

I love this photo set against some fishermen’s baskets. My parents look so young, naturally, but they both look so happy and untroubled, too. This was before they had kids, of course.


My mum looks so calm and content here…


…whilst my dad is cutting loose – go, dad!

After flicking through these photos I felt inspired to cook something beach-appropriate. Now I love eating fish and chips on the beach as we did last week but I felt like making something very fresh and clean-tasting.

coriander and chilli

This Thai Prawn Salad certainly fits the bill. I’ve eaten numerous versions of this salad in Thailand and I never get tired of it. You can also substitute squid, fish, chicken thighs, tofu, pork mince or add a couple of cakes of soaked glass (mung bean) noodles if you like. Just remember to make up ¬†at least 50% more dressing if you are adding the noodles as they will soak up a lot of the dressing.

Thai prawn salad

Although usually eaten in a hot climate, Thai food can be cooler weather-appropriate, too. I love this salad as part of a meal including a fiery Tom Yum soup to start, steamed rice and a red or green Thai curry. All the chilli will get your blood pumping and warm you up nicely, too. Those who prefer their food less hot can halve or quarter the amount of chilli.

Enjoy this recipe and as you eat, dream of future days spent at the beach with loved ones.

Thai prawn salad




  1. Combine all salad ingredients in a large serving bowl.
  2. Combine all salad ingredients in a small cup and stir briskly to combine.
  3. Add dressing to salad and mix to combine.
  4. Serve immediately.

Serves 2-4.

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