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Burmese Gin Thoke Melon Salad

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Serves 6

kikkoman products used:


½ small seedless watermelon (2 ½ pounds)
½ ripe cantaloupe melon (1 ½ pounds)
¼ ripe honeydew melon (1 pound)
2 (3-inch) pieces young ginger peeled and minced (1/3 cup); or 2 (3-inch) pieces of regular fresh ginger, peeled and minced (1/3 cup)
¼ cup sesame seeds, toasted
¼ cup lime juice (from 3-4 limes)
¼ cup Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1 ¾ teaspoons kosher salt
1 cup dried green lentils
2 cups wide-flake unsweetened coconut
1 ¼ cups raw blanched peanuts
4 fresh kaffir lime leaves, chopped


  1. Start by cutting up the melons: Trim off the rind of all 3 melons, remove any seeds, and cut the flesh in to ½- inch dice.  Put all of the diced melon in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the ginger, sesame seeds, lime juice, soy sauce, ¼ cup of the olive oil, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, and ½ teaspoon of the salt.  Mix well and pour over the melon.  Toss, and let marinate at room temperature while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  3. Put the lentils and 4 cups cold water in a small saucepan set over high heat, and bring to a boil, about 5 minutes.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.  Add 1 teaspoon of the salt and cook for 5 minutes, or until the lentils are tender but not mushy.  Drain, rinse with cold water to chill, and then stir into the melon mixture.
  4. Combine the coconut, peanuts, kaffir lime, remaining 1 teaspoon sugar, remaining ¼ cup olive oil, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a large sauté pan.  Toast the peanut mixture over medium-low heat, stirring it constantly, until the coconut and peanuts have toasted, somewhat unevenly, to a golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes.  Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  5. Just before serving, add the peanut mixture to the melon mixture and stir gently to combine.  Serve in a large bowl, preferably at room temperature. 


Courtesy of Chef Susan Feniger and Chef Kajsa Alger


Even people who love soy sauce and use it all the time are often surprised to learn what it is and how it’s made. We make ours from just four simple ingredients—water, soybeans, wheat, and salt. Those ingredients are transformed through a traditional brewing process—much like making wine or beer—that has remained unchanged for centuries.

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