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Som Tam Thai/ Papaya Salad

Ingredients:

How to Make It

  1. Peel the skin of the papaya & shred it – using a shredder or cut thinly & long using a kitchen knife.
  2. Pound finely the chillies & garlic (but not completely pulverized) in a mortar & pestle. Add the dried shrimp & a little bit of palm sugar (first around 2-3 tsp, but if you still need to add more you may add it later).
  3. Add the green beans and crush them with the mortar until they’re splitting and lightly bruised.
  4. Then add shredded papaya, tomato, & the peanuts. Lightly pound until they are broken into tiny pieces. But not to the point where they form a thick paste. 
  5. Cut the tomatoes so they release their juices and give their flavor and color.
  6. Add a couple of teaspoons of fish sauce and a couple of teaspoons of lime juice to the mix. Have in one hand a large spoon to help flip things over in and scrape down the sides of the mortar while your other hand pounds away with the pestle. Keep pounding and flipping for a few seconds, add more fish sauce, lime juice, or palm sugar as needed.
Note : The first impression with this dish is fresh, sour, sweet, but also a little bit salty. So you may need to add more palm sugar, lime juice, or fish sauce to taste. It is commonly to serve together with Fresh Cabbage, Lettuce & Rice.
Enjoy! En Guete! Selamat Makan!

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