Cooking doesn't need a lot of tricky technique. This dish will give maximum effect for minimal effort.
2 tbsp castor sugar
2 tbsp rice vinegar or white vinegar
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks
2 large handfuls white cabbage, shredded
2 large handfuls red cabbage, shredded
4 celery stalks, trimmed, cut into thin matchsticks
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 large handful Vietnamese mint leaves (or ordinary mint leaves)
1 large handful coriander leaves
Sweet chilli dressing
1 tbsp rice vinegar or white vinegar
1 tbsp castor sugar
1 ½ tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 long red chillies, seeded and finely chopped
½ tsp salt
For the salad:
Mix together the sugar and rice vinegar, add the carrot and leave to marinate for 20 minutes.
Put the white and red cabbage in a large mixing bowl. Drain the carrot and add to the cabbage with the celery, onion, mint and coriander.
For the dressing:
Mix together all the dressing ingredients, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
Add the dressing to the salad and toss together. Serve immediately.