Tropical Fruit Gazpacho
|Coconut milk||1⁄2 Can (5 oz)|
|Fish sauce||1 Tablespoon|
|Jalapeno pepper||1⁄2 , seeded and minced|
|Culantro||1 Tablespoon, chiffonade|
|Lime juice||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Rice wine vinegar||1 Tablespoon|
|Fresh cilantro||1 Bunch (100 gm)|
|Fresh mint||1 Bunch (100 gm)|
|Fresh thai basil||1 Bunch (100 gm)|
|Carrot||1 Large, peeled and julienned|
|Cucumber||1 , deseeded and julienned|
|Rice vermicelli||400 Gram, cooked according to instructions (Vietnamese)|
|Red oak lettuce leaves||1|
|Red snapper||7 Pound, cleaned and scaled (Whole)|
|Grape leaves||16 Ounce, rinsed in water (Packed In Brine)|
|Lemon||1 , sliced into thin rounds|
|Fresh thyme sprigs||6|
|Dried vietnamese rice||400 Gram|
|Hot water||1 Cup (16 tbs) (Very Hot)|
Coconut-Lime Dipping Sauce
Combine all ingredients and set-aside until ready to serve. Place into individual ramekins or dipping bowls (one for each diner).
Grilled Red Snapper in Grape Leaves
In a large serving bowl, assemble herbs, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, and rice noodles. Allow space for grilled fish.
Preheat grill. Stuff stomach cavity of fish with lemon slices and thyme and season fish with salt and pepper. Wrap body of fish in grape leaves until surface of fish is completely covered. Brush hot grill grates generously with oil. Carefully place fish onto grill.
Grill 8 minutes on one side and carefully turn. Grill an additional 8 minutes, or more if necessary. Place grilled fish in serving bowl with herbs and noodles. Serve family style.
To make a roll, dip a rice paper into a bowl of hot water. Quickly turn the paper so that entire surface comes in contact with water. It will start to soften quickly. Be careful not to leave it in the hot water for too long or it will tear. Place softened rice paper on a plate and arrange several small pieces of fish, herbs, vegetables, noodles and lettuce at one end of the roll. Roll it away from you once. Fold sides over and roll to the end of the paper. Serve with Coconut-Lime Dipping Sauce. After making the first one, you’ll realize how easy this is!
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