Hot and sour seafood salad

I have always joked that my kids(and husband) were born with a bottle of hot sauce attached to their hip. On every vacation the children must stop at a local vendor and purchase the hot sauce native to that country. My younger son,on a trip to Africa,dicovered Piri Piri super hot peppers,so it comes as no surprise that the heat in this dish is right up their alley,but feel free to tone the spice down to your level.

Maybe prepared with any combination of seafood.

Serves 4 as an appetizer

Courtsey Vatcharin bhumichitr

Lettuce,parsley,cucumber etc to garnish

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 tablespoons stock

1 teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons fish sauce

4 prepared Fish Balls (from an oriental store)

4 large Raw prawns,Shelled and deveined

2-4 crab claws

4 pieces sliced squid

2 lime leaves,finely sliced

1 shallot,finely chopped

1/2 small onion,finely slivered

spring of coriander,coarsely chopped.

Prepare a serving dish with lettuce,parsley and sliced cucumber,set aside.

Combine lemon juice,chili powder,fish sauce ,sugar and stockin a small pan. Bring to the boil,stirring all the time. Add the fish balls,prawns,crab claws and squid,and stir and cook for a minute or two until the raw meats are cooked through.

Take off heat and add all the remaining ingredients,mix well. Turn on to the prepared dish and serve


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