Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Vietnamese Green Mango Salad/ Goi Xoai

I'm Vietnamese and I love Vietnamese food. It's my ultimate fave. I love almost all kinds of ethnic foods but even if I wasn't Vietnamese, I think it would still be my favorite. Most people who aren't Vietnamese don't have a clue about what real Vietnamese food is. People tend to think all Vietnamese food is beef noodle soup aka Pho, fried rice or spring rolls. But it's so much more than that - I can testify!

I think this dish is the epitome of why I love Vietnamese food. Our food can be so light and refreshing and often highlights seasonal ingredients. Since it's so damn hot in Southern California right now, this meal is the perfect solution to ending your day with a meal that can be made without slaving over the stove (just the grill for a few minutes). 

Mango is my favorite, so it's probably obvious that I adore this green mango salad. Since the mango is green, it's not too sweet, but delightfully tangy. To freshen it all up, a bunch of fresh herbs are thrown in and the salad gets a bit of bite from some onions. The dressing adds the sweetness that is missing from the mangos and takes it to this whole other dimension. I just love this salad, simply.

Vietnamese Green Mango Salad/ Goi Xoai
Yields: 4 - 6 servings

For the salad:
3 green mangoes, cut into matchsticks
1/4 cup dried shallots, fried
1/2 cup vietnamese coriander (rau ram), chopped
1/4 cup sliced onions
1/2 cup peanuts, toasted and roughly chopped
20 medium shrimp, shelled and de-veined

For the sauce: (makes much more than needed for the salad)
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup fish sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup lime juice

In a large bowl, toss together all of the ingredients for the salad. To make the sauce, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and fry until golden. Lower the heat to medium-low and add the fish sauce, sugar. Boil until the sugar is dissolved, let cool slightly, then add the lime juice. Add more sugar if needed. Heat a grill over medium-high heat. Season the shrimp with some salt, pepper and olive oil. When the grill is hot, add the shrimp and cook on both sides until done, about 3 minutes each side. When ready to eat, divide the salad among the serving dishes and top with shrimp. Drizzle each serving with 1 - 2 tsp. of the dressing.


  1. Love the new look of your blog! And that looks delicious. I was in Vietnam this summer and your blog popped into my mind every time I tried the food there!

  2. beautiful pictures--the tomatoes look delicious. I love this blog!

  3. this looks delicious-yum! I love LOVE Vietnamese food. I think my favorite dish (by far) is the vermicelli, I could eat that everyday (especially with the hot sauce!) Kim, xo

  4. I'm definitely making this. It looks like perfection! Quick questions though, where'd you pick up the rau ram and what kind of onions do you use?

    (This is hands down my favorite blog btw.)

  5. That looks delicious. I wish I had some of that right now, so light looking but full of flavor.

  6. YUM i love when you do authentic vietnamese recipes! can't wait to try this one. your grilled pork recipe was awesome

  7. @ Kylie: thanks! i felt like it was time for a change. i am so happy you thought of me when you went to vietnam... gives me all kinds of fuzzy feelings. LOVE vietnam

    @ two peas: aww you are too sweet, thanks!

    @ paddle to shore: ummm we are vietnamese food twins because i die for the vermicelli noodles!!!

    @ czarina kaye: rau ram can be find in vietnamese super markets, but if none are around you i suggest switching it out for mint or basil!

  8. Hi, I just found your blog on tumblr. I enjoyed going through your blog. I am now following you. Very lovely photos. I love Vietnamese food too. I can't get enough of it. Check out my blog whenever you have the chance.

    Thank you & take care. :)

  9. i just had a wonderful raw green mango salad at a cafe in london tonight. it was sooooo good, however, yours looks even better. i so want to make this now! SO HAPPY I FOUND YOUR BLOG!!

  10. Hey Michelle, I moved to the east coast with my husband this past summer so you bet I miss yummy Vietnamese food. Decided to google some refreshing goi recipes tonight and found this, sweetness! Thanks.

  11. I live in Hanoi and can get Goi Xoai Xanh for very cheap, but I decided to try making it myself tonight. I wish I had a mandoline! It was delicious and I love it with the rau ram, but I would tweak the sauce a bit. Personally it was too salty for me, so I would use less fish sauce and dilute it with some water.

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