Bang Bang Salad


Today’s dinner was the left-over pasta bake from yesterday, plus 2 salads from Marks & Spencer’s.  We went out to return some clothes that I ordered online and I tried a few other clothes in the shop (it was nice to do that as I hadn’t done that for a long time, I’ve been ordering almost everything online since Covid), then went in M&S Food as we were close and bought a few things.


One of them was a salad of shredded carrots and sweet corns.  I assumed it came with a salad dressing but it didn’t.  I have a feeling that people still don’t often have a salad dressing on their salads here.


The other one was “Bang Bang Salad”.  I assume it’s from Bang Bang Chicken, which is originally from China.  There was no chicken (I knew this when we bought it) but mostly salad leaves with some edamame, shredded carrots and shredded red cabbage as well as a small pot of pumpkin seeds and also ‘Bang Bang Dressing”.  Well, it did not taste like Bang Bang Chicken sauce at all, it tasted like Thai food.  I googled Bang Bang Chicken recipes in English and found all sorts of recipes, I guess in English speaking countries it’s gone far from the original Bang Bang Chicken.  I guess Bang Bang Chicken we have in Japan also isn’t quite like the original one but it is based on sesame sauce.  Not so here.  It tasted very strongly of kaffir lime.   I looked at the ingredients of the salad and found lime leaves (I think this is kaffir lime leaves, which is used in Thai food), lemon grass and coconut milk, no sesame at all so I’m guessing they think Bang Bang is Thai food?   I’m not sure where this came from.  Anyway,  although it confused me at least it did taste good as a Thai flavoured salad.








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