Cookbook author and cooking teacher Andrea Nguyen, Santa Cruz, CA: "My siblings and I have traditional Thanksgiving meals with our own families, but the day after, we gather at our parents' home for a Vietnamese feast. My mother sets out old-school favorites as well as modern dishes, including riffs on Viet cabbage salads."
Fresh chiles give this slaw a clean flavor and make it a nice, light element in a hearty Thanksgiving spread.
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1. Pound chiles, garlic, 1/2 tsp. sugar, and salt into paste in a mortar, or in a blender. Transfer paste to a small bowl and add remaining 1 tsp. sugar, the fish sauce, and rice vinegar.
2. Combine carrot, fennel, cabbage, and mint in a large bowl. Pour dressing over the vegetables, tossing to coat evenly. Sprinkle with cashews just before serving.
Make ahead: Up to 2 days, slaw mixture and dressing. Just before serving, combine with nuts.
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