Som tam (Thai green papaya salad)

Som tam (Thai green papaya salad)


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About this recipe: Fresh and authentic Thai salad, with traditional grated green papaya, long green beans and a bit of hot chilli.

djkenn77 Dunbartonshire, Scotland, UK

Serves: 4 

  • 250g green papaya
  • 1 tomato
  • 50g long green beans
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 Scotch bonnet or birds eye chillies
  • 2 tablespoons palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste or fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted peanuts, chopped

Prep:15min  ›  Ready in:15min 

  1. Grate papaya, deseed tomato and slice into 1cm pieces; quarter the beans.
  2. Roughly chop the garlic then add all the other ingredients into a mortar and pestle. Pound the ingredients until the papaya becomes soft.
  3. Serve immediately to avoid becoming soft.


Play about with the chilli in future depending on taste.

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