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Thai Recipes

Vegan and Non-Vegan Papaya Salad (aka som tam)

01 Jul, 2018

Green papaya salad is a spicy salad made from shredded unripe papaya. Probably originating from ethnic Lao people, it is also eaten throughout Southeast Asia. Locally known in Thailand as som tam (Thai: ส้มตำ, pronounced [sôm tām]), this Thai variation of the Green Papaya Salad, was listed at number 46 on World’s 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011.  The Green Papaya Salad is perfect for hot summer days where you want to eat, yet feel cool and refreshed.

Preparation Time:  20 minutes

Serving:  1

Ingredients for 1 Serving:

  • 1 handful of green unripe papaya
  • 1/4 handful of carrot
  • 3-5 green or red fresh chilies
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1 long bean
  • 1 small crunchy eggplant
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp dried shrimp
  • 1 tbsp roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 tbsp tamarind sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 – 1 tbsp palm sugar


  1. Peel the papaya and the carrot, and then slice by the shredder into long strip
  2. In the mortar pound the chili and garlic
  3. Slice the eggplant into thick pieces; cut the long bean into inches; and pound all together not too hard but just to break it up
  4. Cut tomato in big pieces and then add it in the mortar
  5. Season with fish sauce, palm sugar, and lime juice
  6. Mix thoroughly until palm sugar dissolves
  7. Add papaya, carrot and mix everything together.
  8. Add dried shrimps or leave out the shrimp
  9. Add roasted peanuts, and mix together well
  10. Serve with cabbage, cucumber, grilled chicken and sticky rice

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