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This papaya salad, also known as “som tam”, is a common street food in Thailand and it is one of my favourite Thai dishes. This salad is so full of flavours and it pair so well with the crunchy papaya. There is a slightly spicy taste of red chilies, the saltiness of fish sauce n small dried shrimps, the sweetness of sugar and the sourish lime taste. All the flavours combined to make a unique and flavor-filled dish that will make a great impression. It’s also easy to make, low-calorie, and very nutritious. So give it a try …IMG_7044.JPG
Green Papaya Salad Recipe
3 cups peeled and julienned (finely sliced) green papaya – about 1 large papaya*
2 clove of garlic, chopped
1 onion, sliced
3-4 birds eye chillies, seeds removed
5 cherry tomatoes, cut into half
3 lime, juiced
4 kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced
2 stalk of lemongrass, finely sliced
2 tbsp palm sugar* (or substitute with brown sugar)
3 tbsp fish sauce
2-3 tbsp of dried small shrimp
2 tbsp of roasted peanuts, chopped( I like it whole)

In large bowl add green papaya, sliced onion, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass,tomatoes, 1 tbsp of dried shrimp and mix together. Slightly bruise the tomato. Later, this will allow the dressing to mix in. For the dressing, mix the lime juice, fish sauce, some dried small shrimps, garlic,chilies and brown sugar together till all the sugar dissolved. Add the dressing and mix well. Mix the peanuts and anchovies in and served. Bon appetite (taan hâi a-ròi)
Ps:When choosing a green papaya, look for one that is firm and green all over. A useful tool to make this salad is a julienne peeler. Dressing can be altar to personal preference.IMG_7061-1.JPG