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Thai Papaya Salad (Som Tam)

Som Tam (Papaya Salad) Recipe

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I was really excited to see green papayas selling cheaply at my local supermarket (Sheng Siong). I bought one right away to make my favourite Thai green papaya salad, known to Thai locals as Som Tam.

Similar Recipe: Thai Mango Salad

Som Tam (Papaya Salad) Ingredients

What I used. (1) Green papaya (2) Japanese dried shrimps as a substitution for Thai dried shrimps and (3) gula melaka syrup as a short cut if you are lazy (like me) to melt the gula melaka (palm sugar) chunks in a saucepan. You can use honey instead, though to me gula melaka gives an edge of flavour which sugar or honey lacks. A mortar and pestle is essential to extract the full flavours of this tropical salad by lightly pounding and bashing the flavours out of the ingredients. Lastly, a zigzag peeler (what I used) or mandolin slicer will be a great investment to get professional shredded papaya in almost no time at all. Check out the write-up for Thai mango salad for more tips for making this refreshing Thai salad.

Som Tam (Papaya Salad) Recipe

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5 Responses to “Thai Papaya Salad (Som Tam)”

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes — December 10, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

    A very delightful and appetizing salad! I love your salad bowl too.


  2. tigerfish — December 12, 2014 @ 12:20 pm

    I like Thai papaya salad quite a lot but the ones outside are usually quite salty and less on the sourness that I like. Homemade is still best. But I am too lazy to do the prep. work leh!


    • wiffy replied: — December 12th, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

      actually i usually make this dish when busy! “shred and toss” – at least no need to activate the stove ;)


  3. B — December 26, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

    One of my favourite dishes to order at a Thai restaurant. Glad to be able to enjoy it at home.


  4. Vivian — May 27, 2017 @ 6:35 pm

    I used to eat Som Tam at a Thai restaurant. I loved its taste so much.
    Thanks for your sharing. Now I am able to enjoy it at home.