-2 bittermelons (as much or as little as you prefer)
-2 carrots
-1 daikon (about 1lb)
-basil, laksa leaves (rau răm), cilantro, roasted peanuts, fried shallots
-1/2lb prawns
-1/2lb pork belly
-vinegar, sugar, fish sauce

**Peel and cut carrots and daikon into matchsticks. Mix vinegar with sugar (sweet and sour should be even) and add to daikon and carrots, mix and let marinate for ½ hour, before squeezing out excess “juice”. Grill, peel and shred prawns. Boil and slice meat. Chop basil, laksa leaves, and cilantro. Crush peanuts and shallots. Cut bittermelon in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Slice into thin pieces and mix with ½ tsp salt. Let sit for 10-15 mins and squeeze out the “bitter juices”. Finally, mix everything together; serve with shrimp crackers and nước mắm.

When buying bittermelon pick the ones with that look plump and slightly yellow (this means they are slightly ripen, and will be less bitter).

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