Food for thought Friday – Pomelo Salad

A dish with less than 10 ingredients.

A great one to enjoy with a cold beer!

We discovered this one through the eyes of an ex Australian Chef who runs #VietnamFoodSafari tours in Danang.  #Danang is a treasure trove of some amazing places to eat; from local red chair restaurants to popular hidden gems, this tour will be a tasty and very filling excursion of discovery. You can check out at his facebook page at

Pomelo Salad – Gỏi bưởi


1 pomelo 1-1.5kg

200 g shrimps

200 g pork belly

2 tbsp fish sauce

2 tbsp sugar

crushed roasted peanuts

Vietnamese mint



Firstly, boil the pork belly with some salt and a smashed shallot. When it boils, keep the heat on medium and cook for 20-30 minutes depending on the thickness of the cut. Remove and allow to cool.

To peel the pomelo, cut the top “cap” off. Then cut vertical slices down the sides of the pomelo. Just cut about 1/2 an inch into the rind. Pull the slices off the fruit. Dig your fingers underneath the slices and pull each one away. Pull away the membrane that surrounds each slice. Gather the flesh in chunks into a large bowl.

Fry the shrimps without any oil in a pan on high heat until they turn completely orange. Then peel the shrimps and cut each one in half lengthwise. Remove the black lines.

Once pork has cooled, cut into thin slices. Gather the pork and shrimps in a small mixing bowl

To make the salad dressing, mix 2 tbsp sugar with 2 tbsp fish sauce. Then stir well. Squeeze in some lime juice and you will get a thick dressing. Then add some finely minced garlic and chili on top.

Add some of the dressing to the pork and shrimp and give it a toss. Finely chop the Vietnamese mint RauRam. Shred the carrots to add some bright color to the salad. Add these to the pomelo. Drizzle the sauce to the mixing bowl adjusting to your taste. Give it a good toss.

Transfer the salad to the serving bowl and top with roasted peanuts. To serve you use a prawn cracker as a spoon and scoop some salad and you get to eat the spoon as well. Enjoy.

A tour to Vietnam is incomplete without a food discovery tour, so talk to us today to let us plan one in on your next visit.