Som Tam (Papaya Salad)

Som Tam (papaya Salad)

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Marie E


This is another popular and tasty Thai dish which my Thai friend taught me how to make. It's pretty easy to make and so, so, so delicious.


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  • ~2 c
    papaya shredded*
  • ~1 c
    carrot, shredded
  • 4-5
    small red chillies whole (more or less, depending on taste for spice)
  • 4-5 clove
    garlic, whole
  • 2
    lumps of palm sugar, whole
  • ~2 Tbsp
    fish sauce
  • ~1/4 tsp
  • 2-4 Tbsp
    fresh lime juice
  • 2-3
    tomatoes, cut into sections
  • ~1/2 c
    roasted peanuts

How to Make Som Tam (Papaya Salad)


  1. With a mortar and pestle, pound the red chillies, garlic, and palm sugar to make a rough paste. Then add the fish sauce and salt and pound it a bit to mix it together.
  2. Add the papaya and carrot to the mortar and pound a little more to mix the veggies in with the sauce.
  3. Add the lime juice and pound/mix a little more. Then add the tomatoes and peanuts and pound the mixture just a little more to make sure that all ingredients are mixed. Serve and enjoy.
  4. To shred the papaya (and the carrot), there is a special shredder which you can buy (it's available all over Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia; my guess is that if you looked in specialty shops and/or supermarkets in Canada/America, you could probably also find one). If you can't find a shredder to shred the papaya, though, you could use the old-fashioned method, which is to whack the papaya with a big knife quite a few times, and then pare away the slices you have created to get shredded papaya.

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Course/Dish: Salads Other Salads
Other Tag: Healthy

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