green tomato salad (ခရမ်းချဉ်သီးသုပ်—kharam khyin si sup)

Salads are a prominent feature of Burmese cuisine, and Myanmar’s Shan State is no exception. This tomato salad employs classic Shan flavors to highlight crisp, green tomato.

Tomatoes are especially popular in the Inle Lake region of Shan State, Myanmar, the country’s leading tomato producer. Green, underripe tomatoes work great for salad because of their crisp texture, though semi-ripe and fully ripe red tomatoes could also be used.

Once ingredients are prepared, simply toss everything together and garnish. Serve as a side dish to complete your Shan-style meal, enjoy with rice, or make it a quick snack.

recipe

(serves 2)

2 clove garlic, minced
2 bird eye chili, minced
1 stalk lemongrass, trimmed and sliced(optional)
2 shallot, sliced
½ tsp salt
6 green or semiripe tomato, halved and sliced
1 tbsp peanut, roasted and crushed
1 lime juice
1 bunch coriander, chopped
1 tbsp black sesame seed

• toss garlic, chili, lemongrass, shallot, salt, tomato, peanut
• garnish with coriander, lime, sesame seed
• serve