Okra has a mild flavor but somewhat unusual texture. When cut, it releases a sticky substance that is often used to thicken soups and stews. To minimize sliminess, keeping the pods whole helps. Perhaps one of the best way to eat this vegetable is to steam it. This mild vegetable is delicious dressed with a tangy and spicy sauce flavored with the intense taste of dried shrimps.
Dried shrimps are shrimps that have been sun dried and has a rather unique flavor that is different from fresh shrimps. Some even say it has the so-called umami taste. A little of this ingredient goes a long way as it is salty and pretty intense. It is often used in East Asian and Southeast Asian cooking.
This recipe is a slight adaption of Mom’s recipe. Mom makes her own chili mixture but I am taking the easy way out using ready made chili sauce.
Ro-Ri’s Okra Salad
8 oz okra, trimmed
½ cup dried shrimp, washed and soaked
2 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tsp garlic chili sauce
2 tsp soy sauce
Drain dried shrimp and chop coarsely. Heat oil in pan. Add dried shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes. Remove together with the oil into a small bowl. Add lime juice, garlic chili sauce, and soy sauce. Stir to combine.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!