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How To Make Green Papaya Salad

How To Make Green Papaya Salad

In this step by step cookery guide Chef Geoff explains how to make green papaya salad or Som Tam, a very popular Thai dish. Bring the taste of Thailand right into your own home with this great recipe.


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  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp palm sugar
  • 5 green beans
  • 2 tbsp dried shrimp
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 thai birds eye chilli pepper
  • 1 lime
  • 3 tbsp toasted peanuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 green papaya
  • 1/2 carrot

Step 1: Make The Dressing

Chop up 2 cloves of garlic and put them into a pestle and mortar with a little salt, then mash into a paste. Add in 1 tsp of palm sugar and 4 cherry tomatoes cut in half to the pestle and mortar, then add 5 green beans cut into 1 inch pieces. Pound these ingredients a little to release the juices. Add 2 tbsp dried shrimp, 2 tbsp fish sauce and 1 chopped Thai birds eye chili and pound again.

Step 2: Adding Vegetables

Add the shredded papaya and carrot, the juice of 1 lime and 3 tbsp toasted peanuts to the bowl and mix well.