Green Papaya salad has become a big deal ever since it landed on Western shores.
Also known as a Thai salad, aka som tum, green papaya salad has become one of Thailand’s most popular culinary exports. And rightly so.
The fiery salad is deeply savory and insanely sour, but once you get the hang of it, it can be acutely addictive. It is prepped from shredded unripe papaya which forms the core, with a host of other additives.
There are countless green papaya salad recipes, but we think we stumbled upon the best of the lot.
The Best Papaya Salad Recipe
The perfect som tum is quite some work, but the rewards are well worth it as are bound to find out.
To prepare, you will need the following:
- 2 tablespoon dried shrimp, rinsed
- 3 tablespoon roasted peanuts
- 2 garlic cloves
- Coarse salt (a pinch)
- 2–6 whole bird’s eye chilies (depending on how hot you want it)
- 3 yard long beans or 12 French beans, cut into 1cm lengths
- 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 lime sliced into wedges, with an extra 3 tbsp. lime juice
- 1 medium-sized green papaya
- 1 tablespoon tamarind water
- 2 tablespoon fish sauce
- 3 tablespoon palm sugar