Som Tam (Papaya Salad)

Som Tam (papaya Salad) Recipe

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

How to Make Som Tam (Papaya Salad)


  • 1With 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.
  • 2Add the papaya and carrot to the mortar and pound a little more to mix the veggies in with the sauce.
  • 3Add 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.
  • 4To 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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About Som Tam (Papaya Salad)

Course/Dish: Salads, Other Salads
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtags: #spicy, #thai, #Thailand, #papaya