Papaya Salad is a popular meal in Thailand, and because it is served cold it makes a great summer meal wherever you are. The Thai people called this dish Som Tam. This is a spicy salad, but you can adjust how much chili you want according to your taste. The recipe below is from “The Art of Thai Cooking – Authentic Thai Food”, a cookbook we were given after completing a day of cooking classes at a Thai Cookery School in Chiang Mai.
100g Sliced Papaya
(or any other fruit you prefer)
1 clove of garlic
1-2 fresh chilies
20g chopped Chinese long beans (3cm length)
30g tomato, cut into wedges
1 tsp Sugar (palm sugar is best)
1 tbsp Fish Sauce (or soy Sauce)
1 -1 1/2 tbsp Lime Juice
1 tbsp Roasted Peanuts
Put garlic and chili in the mortar – pound well.
Add Chinese long bean – pound until broken.
Add tomato and season with sugar, fish sauce and lime juice.
Add papaya (or other fruit) and mix well.
Top with peanuts, and serve with sticky rice.
Above you can see the two salads that we made during our day of cooking classes. Justin made the Thai Beef Salad, which you can view here: Thai Beef Salad.