This is a good way to use up leftover chicken. In my case, I had tons of chicken from making Pho Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup) last week. My family likes to eat this salad warm, often using some of the chicken when we make Hainanese chicken rice. It's a pretty simple salad, with just a little bit of rau ram (Vietnamese coriander) and Hanh Dam (Vietnamese Vinegared Onions) to round out the flavors.
Goi Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Salad)
For about four servings, you'll need:
About 2 cups shredded chicken, boiled, steamed, or roasted
About 1 cup rau ram (Vietnamese coriander), roughly chopped, or cilantro if you can't find it, or any other herb of your choice
Hanh Dam (Vietnamese Vinegared Onions)
Nuoc Mam Cham (Vietnamese Fish Dipping Sauce)
Ground black pepper
Prepare vinegared onions and set aside.
Boil and shred chicken. Set aside.
Pluck and clean herbs. Roughly chop and set aside.
Prepare the Nuoc Mam Cham (Vietnamese Fish Dipping Sauce) by adding a few cloves of garlic, chili peppers, and a spoonful of sugar into a mortar. Mash into a paste. Then add fish sauce to taste.
Combine all ingredients into a bowl -- the shredded chicken, herbs, vinegared onions, and dressing. Toss until all ingredients have combined evenly. Adjust vinegar, fish sauce, or sugar as needed. Add ground black pepper if you wish.
Allow the salad to sit for about 15 minutes so the flavors can meld, but this Vietnamese chicken salad is best eaten while still warm. Salad may also be refrigerated for several hours before serving.
In my family, we like to eat this warm, after the chicken is freshly cooked so obviously no refrigeration.
When ready to serve, scoop salad out so that the excess juices may drain. You can eat this plain or serve with a side of rice or scoop up with shrimp chips.
Alternatively, if you want more greens, you can make Goi Ga Bap Cai (Vietnamese Chicken Cabbage Salad).
So why the update from my earlier recipe? Well, I think my directions are better, more clearer. And also, eek! Look at the original photo. Not nearly as appetizing, eh?
Other Vietnamese salads you might like:
Goi Buoi Tom (Vietnamese Pomelo Salad with Shrimp)
Goi Cu Sen Non Tom Thit (Vietnamese Young Lotus Root Salad with Shrimp and Pork)
Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Salad/Spring/Summer Rolls)
Goi Du Du Kho Bo (Vietnamese Papaya Salad with Beef Jerky)
Goi Ga Bap Cai (Vietnamese Chicken Cabbage Salad)
Goi Mit Non Tom Thit Heo (Vietnamese Green Jackfruit Salad with Pork and Shrimp)
Goi Xoai Xanh (Vietnamese Green Mango Salad)
Xa Lach Thit Bo (Vietnamese Steak Salad)
Xa Lach Thit Bo Rau Muong (Vietnamese Steak and Water Spinach Salad)