The not-to-be-snubbed-at humble Chang’s Oriental Salad recipe
There’s a really funny story behind how I first tasted this sensational Chang’s oriental salad. Years ago, we had a potluck at our place and our friends, C n A brought along this salad. C n A kept saying that they were sorry that they did not have the time to cook some thing more sophisticated. We were just happy that they managed to come as they lead quite busy lifestyles.
Which brings me to my 1st impressions of this “salad”. Bless their cotton socks, but the “salad” that C and A brought was in a large glass pyrex dish, it had cabbage that had been cut up into rough squares (like it was to be put into stew, not shredded), some pine nuts and some fried noodles in it. It looked like there was no dressing. I remember sitting at the dinner table, having an internal conflict on whether to taste some of this cabbage (that seemingly looked like just raw, chopped up cabbage).
I finally took the plunge and out some on my plate and was rewarded with what I still think is one of the best tasting salads ever! That was when I started asking about the origins of this salad and found out that it was the infamous Chang’s Oriental Fried Noodle Salad. Most Australians bring it around to their friend’s places for BBQs and have had it growing up. I of course, was amazed that I had not tasted it, was glad to have finally done so and made the mental note to never judge food by it’s appearance.
My version of this salad, tries to cut down on the sugar and has slightly more sesame oil, but less olive oil. This is definitely one not to be snubbed at salad. It’s so simple yet packs loads of flavour! It’s amazing!
So tell me, what seemingly innocent/ ordinary item have you eaten that totally blew your taste buds away?
Honey and Soy’s version of Chang’s Oriental Salad
½ -1 Chinese Cabbage (shredded finely)
6 Spring Onion (chopped)
100g Lightly roasted Pinenuts
Sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds (optional)
¼ cup White Vinegar
3 tbsp raw/ brown sugar
1 tbsp Soy Sauce
3 tsp sesame oil
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Mix all the ingredients of the Dressing in a bowl. Stir well until sugar is dissolved. Combine the Cabbage, chopped Green Onions and pine nuts in a salad bowl. Add dressing and mix well.