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Som Tam

Monday, 26 May 2008


This simple salad is amazingly delicious. It is difficult to find green papayas, so you will have to search Asian markets for it. You can make the dressing in a food processor as long as you do not pulse it too fine.


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Heat Level
New Mexico Green
Side Dish
Main Course
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 small red chile, seeds and stem removed, minced.

  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts

  • 1/4 cup small dried shrimp (available in Asian markets)

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon palm sugar

  • 1 green papaya, peeled, seeds removed, julienned

  • 2 ounces green beans, cut into ½-inch pieces

  • 1 medium tomato, choppe


In a wooden mortar or pestle, crush together the garlic, chile, peanuts and shrimp. Add the fish sauce, lemon juice, and sugar and mix well. In a bowl, combine the papaya, beans and tomato and mix well. Add the dressing from the mortar and toss.


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