Thai summer salad features coconut chicken, burstingly fresh basil leaves, fiery chiles, and light glass noodles made from mung-bean starch. With each bite, distinct salty, hot, sour, and sweet nuances show themselves.
Bring coconut milk, half of the lemongrass, and 1 tablespoon fish sauce almost to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add chicken. Reduce to a simmer, and cook, flipping chicken once, until it is cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes per side. Remove from heat. Transfer chicken to a cutting board, and cut crosswise into thin slices. Return chicken to coconut milk mixture; cover, and set aside.
Soak noodles in boiling water according to package instructions, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain. Set aside.
Stir together lime zest and juice, sugar, shallots, chiles, basil, and lime leaves in a medium bowl. Add noodles, and toss to combine. Divide noodle mixture among 6 serving bowls. Using a slotted spoon, remove chicken, and evenly divide among bowls. Drizzle each bowl with some coconut milk sauce.