BAGOONG-IZED CAESAR SALAD
2 large heads romaine lettuce, washed, dried and torn into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup chow mein noodles
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and minced
3 tablespoons good quality bagoong (sauteed shrimp paste)
2 large eggs, coddled (boiled gently for 2 minutes)
1/2 teaspoon tabasco hot sauce (optional)
1 cup store-bought garlic caesar dressing
freshly-squeezed juice of 1 lemon
Place the garlic, bagoong (shrimp paste) and coddled eggs in a medium bowl; mash together using dinner fork. Whisk in garlic caesar dressing, tabasco and lemon juice.
In a large salad or glass bowl, toss the lettuce with the dressing.
Add the cheese and the chow mein noodles and toss again.
Divide the salad and chow mein noodles onto individual salad bowls/plates and serve immediately, passing a pepper mill at the table.
Pairs Well With
You can prepare the dressing up to three days ahead. Cover tightly and refrigerate. Let the dressing come to room temperature before using.