Thursday, January 31, 2013

SPICY GREEN PAPAYA SALAD



One of my favorite foods has to be Spicy Green Papaya Salad, Som Tam in Thai. It's so full of flavor and after you eat it, it feels like you can fly. Yeah, it's that fresh! ;) So green papaya is basically unripened papaya, if you live close to a South-Asian market they most likely will have it, otherwise you can substitute it with a green unripe mango. It's a bit sweeter but also very good.  Your gonna need these ingredients for two people:
2 cups shredded green papaya 
2 tablespoons chopped shrimp dried, or if your vegan chopped fried tofu 
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 Chinese long beans, or 15 green beans
10 large cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro, or basil 
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1-2 fresh red chili with seeds, thinly slice
5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fish sauce, or soy sauce
2 tablespoons peanuts

U can crush it all in a big bowl, but preferably you should use a mortar. Smash the garlic, then ad green beans and tomatoes. Just pound a few times. Add the chili pepper, shrimp/tofu, fish sauce/soy sauce, cilantro and lime. Pound a few times. Then stir in the shredded papaya little by little, and garnish with the peanuts. There's tones of different versions of this salad in Thailand, everyone seams to have there own little twist on it. The best one I had was on Koh Pangang in the food market by Thong Sala. I pretty much went there everyday when I was visiting Koh Pangang. YUM! 

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