"As viscous as motor oil swirled in a swamp, redolent of burnt bell peppers nested in by incontinent mice and a finish reminiscent of the dregs of a stale can of Coca-Cola that someone has been using as an ashtray. Not a bad drink, though."--Excerpt from "The Moose Turd Wine Tasting" by T. A. Nonymous

Thai Green Papaya Salad - (Som Than) Recipe

  Tried it? Rate this Recipe:
 

 

This recipe for Thai Green Papaya Salad - (Som Than), by , is from Alka and Sachin's Cookbook, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We'll help you start your own personal cookbook! It's easy and fun. Click here to start your own cookbook!

Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Lalita Pandit

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
Served with barbeque or grilled chicken and sticky rice, Green Papaya Salad is a mainstay of Thailand's hawker fare. Can be made wholly vegetarian by skipping the shrimp and fish sauce.

Ingredients: Serves 6-8

1. 8-12 Thai chillies (bird peppers), each cut into 3-4 segments (or to taste )
2. 8 cloves garlic, peeled and cut each into 2-3 pieces
3. 2 Tbs. small dried shrimp (optional)
4. 4 cups julienned peeled unripe, green papaya - in strips 2-3 inches long and 1/8 inch thick
5. 1 cup cut long beans - 1 1/2-inch-long segments
6. 1 julienned carrot
7. 1/4 cup tamarind juice the thickness of fruit concentrate
8. Juice of 2-3 lemons, to taste
9. 2-3 Tbs. fish sauce, to taste (optional)
10. 2-3 Tbs. palm sugar , melted with 1 Tbs. water into a thick syrup - use as needed
11. 2 small tomatoes, cut into bite-size wedges; or 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
12. 1/4 cup chopped unsalted roasted peanuts

Directions:
Directions:
Prepare the ingredients as indicated. Make tamarind juice by starting with 1 Tbs. of compressed tamarind in 1/3 cup of warm water. Work the tamarind with your fingers to dissolve the soft fruit; gather up remaining un-dissolvable pulp, squeeze to extract juice and discard. Add more tamarind or water as necessary to make 1/4 cup of concentrate.

Divide the ingredients into two batches and make each batch as follows. Using a large clay mortar with a wooden pestle, pound the garlic and chilies to a paste. Add the dried shrimp and long beans and pound to bruise. Follow with the green papaya and carrot. Stir well with a spoon and pound to bruise the vegetables so that they absorb the heat and flavor of the chilies and garlic.

Add the tamarind and lime juice, fish sauce and palm sugar. Stir and pound a bit more to blend the vegetables with the flavorings and seasonings. Taste and adjust flavors to the desired hot-sour-sweet-and-salty combination. Then add the tomato pieces, stir and bruise lightly to blend in with the rest of the salad. Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle with peanuts. Serves 6-8.

Notes and Pointers:

Green papaya has a very mild, almost bland, taste, but it is the medium through which robust flavor ingredients take body and form. It picks up the hot, sour, sweet and salty flavors, giving them a unique crisp and chewy texture unlike that of any other vegetable. When made into salad, you wouldn't know that it was mild and timid; you remember it only as bold and spicy.
Unripe papayas are readily available in various sizes and shapes during the summer at many Asian markets. Select one that is very firm with shiny green peel suggesting that it is as freshly picked as possible. Even green fruits will eventually ripen and turn soft if allowed to sit around for some time.
There are many ways to make green papaya salads, with varying degrees of hotness, sourness and sweetness. The hottest salads are probably made in northeastern Thailand and Laos where they are eaten with barbecued chicken and sticky rice as a staple food of the populace. There the salads are made by bruising julienned green papaya with garlic and very hot bird peppers in a large clay mortar with a wooden pestle , then seasoning with lime juice, fish sauce and other flavorings.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
6-8
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
10 to 15 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
1. It is important that chilies and garlic be pounded together with a little salt in a mortar.
2. Use fresh lemons.

 

 

 

Learn more about the process to create a cookbook -- or
Start your own personal family cookbook right now!  Here's to good eating!

Search for more great recipes here from over 500,000 in our family cookbooks!

 

Bookmark and Share

 

 

4W  

Cookbooks are great for Holiday Gifts, Wedding Gifts, Bridal Shower ideas and Family Reunions!

*Recipes and photos entered into the Family Cookbook Project are provided by the submitting contributors. All rights are retained by the contributor. Please contact us if you believe copyright violations have occurred.


Search for more great recipes here from over 500,000 in our family cookbooks!