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Som Tam - Hot Thai Salad

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Serves 4

A great side to any Thai Curry and rice dish, excuisite flavours

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  • 200g/7oz Green Papaya (Peeled and Thinly Sliced)
  • 10 Small Green Chillies (or to Taste, but a few more than you might think)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Long Beans (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 tbsp/15ml Anchovy Sauce (I use a tin of Anchovy fillets, drained)
  • 5g/1 tbsp Dried Shrimps (I have never used these in mine)
  • 2 tbsp/30ml Fish Sauce
  • 2 tbsp/30 ml Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp/10g Palm Sugar (I use regular)


    1. Chop the main veg/salad ingredients into bite size pieces, and very thinly slice the chilli and garlic.
    2. Add a small mix of several of the ingredients to a pestle and mortar, and gently bruise the ingredients to release the flavours into each other. Empty into serving bowl, and repeat until you have the required amount of salad for guests. Add the liquid ingredients and the sugar and toss together.
    3. Alternative - Use Cucumber, Cashew Nuts and Beansprouts.
    4. Tip - I make this really substantial by using Cucumber, Cashew nuts and Bean Sprouts as well as the original ingredients.

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4th Nov, 2008
Hi All, My Thai wife suggests that Som Tom would use the small red chillies, cherry tomatoes and dried shrimp. She likes it spicy !! Colonel
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