Oriental Broccoli Salad

Vegetable December 17th, 2007

oriental broccoli salad

This recipe was created by chance. I was thinking of blanching some broccoli to make garlic butter broccoli to go together with the pasta that I cooked (yes, apart from the usual Asian fare, I do cook pasta quite often) when I realised that I had some left over ingredients in the fridge which could go together to create something oriental.

By that, I was referring to calamansi and fresh red chillies. Add a little garlic and some sauce and you’ve got yourself a tangy and zesty Oriental Broccoli Salad. The garlic can be a tad pungent for the uninitiated and can leave an unpleasant garlic odour in the mouth hours after eating. Might not be suitable if you plan to go dating after having this salad.

This is my recipe for Oriental Broccoli Salad


Ingredients (makes one bowl)


  • 100 grammes of broccoli (cut into florets, remove skin from stem)
  • 5 cloves of garlic (chopped finely)
  • 1/2 piece of red chilli (chopped finely)




  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • Juice from 2 calamansi
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of sugar



Bring to boil a pot of water and add a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of cooking oil. Blanch broccoli in boiling water to desired softness. Drain and run through cold water to stop the cooking process. Allow broccoli to drain thoroughly to remove excess water.

Mix dressing with garlic and chilli well.

Place broccoli on serving plate / bowl and pour dressing over it. Ready to serve.

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  1. 1
    Rasa Malaysia
    December 18th, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    This is a beautiful picture Pablo. The color is fresh and green.

    BTW, have you had time to issue the letter to our friend in Penang? đŸ˜‰

  2. 2
    December 18th, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    wat is calamansi

  3. 3
    December 19th, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    You could still toss in some cooked pasta like fusili…makes a meal for me too!

  4. 4
    December 19th, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Rasa Malaysia : Thanks for the compliments. I just learnt a little secret in photography from OrganicSamm – to take the pic in macro mode without flash đŸ˜€ Hey, but I am still learning from you.

    Chris : It’s limau kasturi.

    tigerfish : If I put pasta in it, it would become a western dish and to be censored from this blog. LOL! By the way, I am having trouble commenting on your blog. I think the blogger comment box is acting up.

  5. 5
    Steven Goh
    December 20th, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    Is this dish specially designed for diet?

  6. 6
    December 20th, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Looks great! I can definitely make it at home.

  7. 7
    December 20th, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    What do you call “Calamansi” in Hokkien? What can subsititue in place of calamansi?

  8. 8
    December 21st, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    Steven Goh : Not that I am aware of. LOL! It should be healthy, I think…broccoli, garlic and calamansi juice.

    Reese : If you have tried it, do let me know what you think ya?

    alice : In hokkien, I call it “sng kam” (meaning sour orange). You might want to substitute it with lime or even lemon.

  9. 9
    November 6th, 2013 at 3:45 am

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