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From "Elements of Life": A single bite of mieng salmon displays Thai ingenuity in creating a dish with perfectly balanced taste and flavor. Bitter endive and spicy ginger and onion answer your Fire element's requirements. Sour lime and tart apple acknowledge the presence of nature's Water element during the evening hours. Buttery peanut nurtures the Earth element within you.
belgian endives (Separated into 24 leaves)
limes (Cut into 24 small cubes with peels on)
large ginger root (Cut into 24 small cubes, salted for 5 to 6 minutes, rinsed and dried thorughly)
tart apples (cut into 24 small cubes with peel on)
pickled pearl onions (quartered lengthwise)
dry-roasted unsalted peanuts
small cubes of smoked salmon (not lox)
Line a platter with the endive leaves. Fill each with a cube each of the lime, ginger, and apple. Add a quarter of a pearl onion and a peanut. Top with a cube of salmon. When ready to eat, pick up the endive and eat in one or two bites.