The Desperate Gourmet presents: Tomato-Sprout Salad

From Singapore on Foot


Simple recipe from my solo extended stay in Singapore, where I was fortunate enough to live in a furnished apartment over a Japanese grocery store. Magical time of solitude, reflection, long daily walks, light fare and ninety percent humidity. Singapore is an amazing destination. A true cultural melting pot; an overused phrase that actually means something there. In two months I only purchased one meal (a tasty pork bun from a street vender). Everything else I crafted in my little kitchen, with the goal of eating healthy, losing weight and flexing my creativity. 

The availability of reasonably prices ingredients, steep hills and oppressive heat allowed me to lose a ton of weight in short order. The positive energy, the people, the architecture, all that shopping and history make Singapore one of my favorite destinations. Though my employer was apologetic for “stranding” me over there, I wouldn’t have traded the experience for anything. Enjoy. 

Tomato-sprout salad:

  • Thinly slice cherry tomatoes and fan around small salad dish. 
  • Immediately before serving, toss clover sprouts (or radish sprouts) in bowl with sweet rice vinegar, pinch of sea salt and fresh ground pepper. 
  • Arrange sprouts atop dish and serve. 
  • Chopsticks, of course!

Remember- Presentation is everything! At risk being seen as an overly emo/spiritual nut bag, I believe that the time you spend making food “pretty” is actually spent celebrating the food,  appreciating what you have and being in the moment.  

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