Thai Green Papaya Salad


Recipe: Thai Green Papaya Salad

Summary: Spicy Green Papaya Salad (som tum or som tam) is a popular dish from the North Eastern part of Thailand (the largely rural Isan region) that combines spicy, sour and sweet flavors to make a classic dish.


  • 8-12 Thai chillies (bird peppers), each cut into 3-4 segments
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled and cut each into 2-3 pieces
  • 2 Tbs. small dried shrimp
  • 4 cups julienned peeled unripe green papaya – in strips 2-3 inches long and 1/8 inch thick
  • 1 cup cut long beans – 1 1/2-inch-long segments (or substitute with regular green beans)
  • 1 julienned carrot (optional)
  • 1/4 cup tamarind juice the thickness of fruit concentrate
  • Juice of 2-3 limes, to taste
  • 2-3 Tbs. fish sauce, to taste
  • 2-3 Tbs. palm sugar, melted with 1 Tbs. water into a thick syrup – use as needed
  • 2 small tomatoes, cut into bite-size wedges; or 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped unsalted roasted peanuts

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