Monday, May 24, 2010

Yum Makeua Yao ยำมะเขือเปราะ Grilled Eggplant Salad

I am going to conclude my "3rd Thai food week at the tummies" with this simple but elegant Thai salad. This is another of those wonderful dishes that should be on all Thai restaurants' menus. Powdered dried shrimps are used in this version but grilled prawns will work beautifully with the smokey and silky eggplants as well. Another thing I must clarify is - Thai salads are generally served as part of a Thai meal with plenty of steamed rice, rather different from the western notion of what a salad is. There you have it, 5 simple and delicious Thai salads that require very little or no cooking at all.

serves 4 to 6 as part of a Thai meal
you'll need;
5 Asian eggplants*, grilled or roasted
3 shallots, sliced
2 spring onions, chopped
1/2 cup of mint
1/2 cup of coriander
1 red chili, julienne
3 tbs of dried shrimps, pounded
3 tbs of fish sauce
3 tbs of lime juice
2 tbs of roasted chili flakes
3 steamed eggs or soft boiled eggs (optional)
* If you are able to get the light green Thai eggplants, better still.

Prick eggplants a few times with a knife and roast it in a hot oven til soften and charred. Place eggplants in a bowl and cover with cling films, this will help peeling a lot easier later on.

Peel eggplants and cut into slivers.

Pound dried shrimps in a mortal and pestle or a spice grinder.

Have everything ready and it is ready to assemble.

Place everything in a large bowl and mix well, check for seasonings.

I also added some steamed eggs to the dish.

Serve as part of a Thai meal with plenty of steamed rice.


  1. I lovr your eggplant peeling trick- I will try that- the salad looks so healthy and good

  2. My goodness, you guys are making me so hungry lol! I'll have to say that is an awesome eggplant recipe. I have to try that soon. Must be very tasty! Enjoy and have a wonderful day!
    Cheers, Kristy

  3. I'd love to try this dish! Have never seen this in Thai restaurants in HK.

  4. I have enjoyed all your Thai salads....this is yet another delicious new dish to me.

  5. Harriet from CarltonMay 24, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Thank you for introducing all these exciting Thai dishes not found in cookbooks and restaurants' menus. The only problem is what am I going to order the next time I am in a Thai restaurant? :)

  6. I love, love, love this salad but unfortunately the kids can't stand the eggplant texture. More for me then, ha ha ha. Love your presentation with the eggs round it, and that dinner looks restaurant quality!

  7. Selamat sejahtera my dear tummy..makcik sedang masak kari crab ni..tiru your recipe semalam..belum cuba lagi rasanya tapi Tummy sudah ada resepi baru..oh tidak terkejar oleh makcik..fuhhh thanks:)

  8. dear kari crabs sooo good.sedap sangat-sangat.Many thanks for the recipe.

  9. What an attractive looking dish you have there! I can imagine how delicious it must be. The dinner looks very impressive!

  10. The salad is yummy n i know i will be making it some time soon.
    We make a roasted eggplant mash here n i am aware of the roasting n peeling part but the flavors with shrimp will be very interesting.

  11. This look so tempting and Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.

  12. You certainly have changed the way I look at Thai food now. I am also a lot more comfortable cooking it at home with all your easy to follow recipes! Thank you!

  13. A very tempting Thai dish and it doesn't look too difficult to gather all the ingredients. Might give it a try!

  14. Lady Ren,
    Thank you very much!

    Thank you! It is very healthy and I hope you will try it!

    Oh you must! Also very little cooking so it is great for you haha

    Thank you very much!

    Harriet ,
    Thank you! I am glad you like the dishes. You might be able to request for dishes not on the menu :)

    shaz ,
    Thank you very much! I disliked the texture as a child too and now I can't get enough of it.

    makcikmanggis ,
    Terima kasih makcik! Saya gembira sekali kerana makcik suka rasanya! :)

    Thank you very much! :)

    Thank you! I have made that eggplant dish too!

    Thank you very much!

    love to eat ,
    I am so glad to hear that! Thank you :)

    Thank you! Very easy to get ingredients indeed!

    little panda,
    Haha thank you!

  15. All your Thai salads are so vibrant looking and healthy. I think they are going to be my perfect diet food!

  16. I heart you! YOu make such good salads... I WANTSSS SOM TAM!!... Ooh.. where do you plan to get the soft shell crab from? I don't know where to get them... Vic Mart?

  17. visiting here just gives me THREE hungry tummies :P

  18. salam tummy..another of my favourite vege..egg plant..sungguh nampak menyelerakan..thanks again for sharing this yummy recipe..

  19. How I wish I can partake in your spread. Delicious eggplant dish!

  20. You not only make it sound gorgeous, it looks fabulous too...

  21. Tricia F,
    Thank you! I am not sure if they are good diet food because you will be eating more rice!

    Haha thank you! I normally get them on Victoria street.

    CUMI & CIKI,
    haha that is funny!

    mohdandmeriam ,
    Terima kasih makcik! :)

    Thank you! I am sure we will be sharing a meal one day!

    Eternally Distracted,
    Thank you very much! :)

  22. I am loving it, thanks for step by step pictures...very interesting recipe:)

  23. hi sukerrr sgt ngan terung! mcm skrg juga ai nk buat padahal dh tgh malam! :D

  24. It has been totally enjoyable Thai week. I am making the beef salad tomorrow, just finished making the toasted rice powder :)

  25. Roast and then peel. I just suffer through the peeling. Like my mother and grandmother did. Tradition lives even if its difficult. Delicious salad - your Thai salads are an inspiration to me - indeed so much richer than American salads. And not jazzed up with fat.

  26. wow!!! grilled eggplant, I love them. Must be delicious.

  27. 你太厲害了!這看了我胃口大開!

  28. Oh I am so salivating over your brinjal dish, I love brinjals!

  29. I think I want to move over and be your neighbour . Your food always makes me hungry ;))

  30. Im not a big fan of eggplants..yet this looks too good :-)

  31. Hy dear,
    Am becoming a fan of your unique recipes and the way you present with yummy clicks..Hats off to you ...Keep smiling...:)

  32. Oh! I love eggplants, will definitely try your the idea of roasting it first.

  33. looks all ur recipes...wanna have some now

  34. Your salad is fabulous to look at and I'm sure delightful to taste. I love Thai food and know I would enjoy this. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  35. Morning buddy! This is a beautiful dish to conclude your Thai salad week. It has been wonderful learning all these new dishes!

  36. You have given me a good idea for my coming meatless mondays. :)

  37. 2 tbsp roast chili on the high side imo

  38. I was looking for translation of 'makeua teht', the 'teht' part, and ended up here. Fantastic, wonderful site! I'll be back to feast my eyes and enlighten my mind. Thankful for your work and this amazing resource. May all three tummies be always well fed!


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