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Burmese Gin Thoke Melon Salad

March 21, 2021
Burmese Gin Thoke Melon Salad

Susan Feniger grew up with a fierce attachment to traditional Ashkenazi Jewish foods. “My mom made brisket, always,” she recalled. “Fattier the better for me and my dad.”

Feniger’s connection to Jewish food has evolved far beyond her mother’s kitchen in Toledo, Ohio. Feniger, who lives in Los Angeles with her partner, Liz Lachman, has enjoyed a career spanning nearly 30 years in L.A., dating to when she and longtime business partner Mary Sue Milliken opened the seminal City Café and CITY Restaurant. But these days, the chef best known nationally for her television appearances on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and the former Food Network program she shared with Milliken, Too Hot Tamales, which focused on regional Mexican cuisine. Her latest book, Susan Feniger’s Street Food: Irresistibly Crispy, Creamy, Crunchy, Spicy, Sticky, Sweet Recipes, was published this summer.

Featured in: Susan Feniger’s Break-Fast

Recipe by: Susan Feniger and Kajsa Alger


  • ½small seedless watermelon (2 1/2 pounds)
  • ½ripe cantaloupe (1 1/2 pounds)
  • ¼ripe honeydew (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)
  • ¼cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • ¼cup lime juice (from 3-4 limes)
  • ¼cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 ¾teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1cup dried green lentils
  • 2cups wide-flake unsweetened coconut
  • 1 ¼cups raw blanched peanuts
  • 4fresh kaffir lime leaves, chopped
Yield: Serves 6


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