Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam)
Som Tam is our absolute favorite food in Thailand. The green papaya salad is simply the perfect blend of sweet, sour and spicy. It comes together the freshness of the papaya with the salty taste of the fish sauce and the spiciness of the chilies. A really great taste experience. The green papaya is usually available in any good Asian supermarket. The secret behind the great taste is definitely the mashing of all the ingredients. Originally, this salad comes from Laos. There, the dish is usually even spicier and more sour than in central Thailand.
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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
First, take a large mortar and crush the chilies and garlic cloves. Then you add the papaya strips and then the beans. Now crush everything properly. Then add the shrimp, fish sauce, lemon juice and palm sugar and mash well.
At the end, tamarind paste, tomatoes and peanuts are added to the mortar. Taste everything and add some lemon juice, tamarind paste or even some chilies according to your taste. Som Tam is traditionally served with sticky rice.
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