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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Thai Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam)

I love a sweet and sour Thai dish for a good summer afternoon snack... mum and I saw this unripe papaya at the Asian supermarket the other day. Since it was more than 100 F these days, and I wasn't at the mood of anything warm ...  We decided to make this dish that afternoon!

Som Tam is traditionally made pounding in a mortar, I do not have a big mortar, so I just mix the ingredients together to form a salad...  it is still tasting great!

500 gm unripe papaya (the greener, the better)
10-15 cherry tomatoes (cut into 4 pieces each)
1 bunch of long bean/ french bean (scald and cut into long strips)
2-3 Thai chilies
2-3 tbsp crushed roasted peanut
10 dried shrimp(Optional)

50-80 gm palm sugar(boil with 1/4 cup water to form syrup)
2 tsp  fish sauce (or to taste)
2 tbsp lime juice

Boil palm sugar in water and let cold, shred/thinly slice green papaya into strips... cut tomatoes into 4 equal parts, scald french bean and cut into strips. Keep all the ingredients in refrigerator and chill for about 20 minutes.

Season with all seasoning, mix well and sprinkle some crushed roasted peanut before serving.

It is unfortunate that the papaya I bought was a little overripe for this dish.. but that was the best I could find in the market... could be better with raw papaya.

中文版,For Chinese,click --》泰式木瓜沙拉


  1. Owh now you got me craving for this salad. Wonder how it tastes...but looks really tempting! :)

  2. it is very tasty.. it was not as crunchy as it should be.. i was a little upset... but still good.. nonetheless...


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