Recipe: Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad)

The ubiquitous, delicious Thai sour salad. Find it on any street corner or haut venue. This variation from thanks to Blue Elephant cooking school in Bangkok


  • 80 grams grated green papaya strips
  • 2 cloves of garlic peeled
  • 1-4 green prik kee nuu (rat shit chilis)
  • 15 grams long beans cut in 3/4 inch lengths
  • 1T roasted peanuts
  • 1T small dried shrimp
  • 2-3 cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1T palm sugar
  • 1T fish sauce
  • 1.5T lime juice
  • 1t tamarind juice


  1. In a mortar crush chilis and garlic – roughly
  2. add dried shrimp
  3. continue crushing
  4. add long beans – pound roughly
  5. add palm sugar, lime juice, fish sauce and tamarind juice
  6. add tomatoes and gently mix with pestle
  7. add peanuts and papaya
  8. mix well
  9. place in serving dish

Quick Notes

The mixing/crushing should be rough so that all solid ingredients but tomatoes keep much of their shape.


Lots of variations on this! You can add more or less of many of the ingredients (especially chilis!) depending on your taste.

Cooking time (duration): 5-6 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 2

Meal type: snack

Culinary tradition: Thai

My rating:4 stars

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