Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam)
We think that this is the best salad you can get in Thailand. The Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam) is a mixture of fresh, salty and spicy tastes. The secret is to pound all the ingredients to get the taste out of it. If you don´t have a green papaya you also can use cucumber.
1 green papaya, peeled and sliced in thin stripes
2-4 red chilis, chopped
3 garlic gloves
2 long beans or 10 green beans, cut in 3 cm pieces
1 tbs dried shimps or 2 tbs fresh shrimps
2 tbs fish sauce
2 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs palm sugar
1 tbs tamarind paste
2 tomatoes (sliced)
2 tbs roasted peanuts
Put chilis and garlic in a mortar and pestle. Add the papaya stripes and beans and pestle.
Now add shrimps, fish sauce, lemon juice and palm sugar and pestle.
Add tamarind paste, tomatoes and peanuts and pestle one more time. Serve with Sticky Rice.