Green papaya salad

Green papaya salad

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Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong
Serves
4
Photographer
Stuart Scott

South-East Asians love to eat unripened fruits, as they are crunchy and have both sweet and sour notes. Thai people adore green mango, green guava, green figs and especially green papaya — the most popular green fruit of all, served in a salad in every market, street stall or restaurant. There are many variations of the green papaya salad. This version was taught to me by a cute lady who had a little som tum cart at the local Chiang Mai night market. Warning: if you are not Thai or married to one, only put two chillies in the salad!

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 garlic clove, sliced
1 tablespoon unsalted roasted peanuts
4 bird’s eye chillies
4 snake beans, cut into 3 cm lengths
1 tablespoon shaved palm sugar
5 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
200g shredded green papaya
2 tablespoons tamarind water, (see note)
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons fish sauce
lime wedges, to serve

Method

  1. Using a large mortar and pestle, pound the garlic into a paste. Add the peanuts and chillies and pound until mixed with the garlic.
  2. Now add the snake beans, gently pounding while adding the palm sugar, tomatoes and papaya. Continue gently pounding and mixing with a spoon at the same time.
  3. Next add the tamarind water, lime juice and fish sauce. Lightly pound and mix for a further minute, for all the flavours to infuse.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and serve straight away with the lime wedges.

Note

  • To make tamarind water, soak 100 g tamarind pulp in 400 ml boiling water. Break it up a little with a whisk, then leave until cool enough to handle. Using your hands, break the mixture into a thick paste. Pass the mixture through a sieve; you should get about 375 ml tamarind water.
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