- 1/2 pound boneless pork loin, trimmed of excess fat
- 1/2 pound medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
- 1 large cucumberpeeled, seeded and cut into very thin 2-inch-long strips
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 6 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- 3 celery ribs, cut into thin 2-inch strips
- 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into long, thin strips
- l medium onion, thinly diced
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- 1/2 cup Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce
- 3 cups vegetable oil, for deep frying
- 24 dried shrimp chips
- 1/2 cup chopped, unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
- *Available at Asian markets
- Put the pork into a small saucepan with enough cold water to cover. Bring to a simmer over moderate heat and cook until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain, cool slightly and cut into thin 2-inch-long strips. Let cool to room temperature.
- In a medium saucepan of boiling water, cook the shrimp until just opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and cool slightly, then cut each shrimp in half lengthwise. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
- Place the cucumber strips in a bowl and toss them with 1 teaspoon of the salt. Set aside for 5 minutes, then squeeze to remove any excess moisture.
- In a measuring cup, combine the remaining 1 teaspoon salt with the sugar and vinegar. Put the celery, carrots and onion in 3 separate bowls. Toss each vegetable with 1/3 of the vinegar mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes. Remove the vegetables and squeeze dry. Put them in a large bowl. Add the cucumber, pork, shrimp, 1/4 cup of the coriander and 2 tablespoons of the mint. Add the Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce and toss well.
- In a large saucepan or a wok, heat the oil to 350°. Fry the shrimp chips, 5 or 6 at a time, until they expand fully and float on the surface, about 12 seconds. Try not to let the chips brown. Drain on paper towels.
- Spoon the salad onto a large platter. Sprinkle the top with the remaining coriander, mint and the chopped peanuts. Scatter the shrimp chips around the salad.
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.