Sarin’s Thai: Som Tom

Som Tom (Green Papaya Salad)


  • 2 cups of shredded green papaya
  • 1/2 cup carrots shredded
  • 2 tbs of toasted peanuts
  • 2 cloves of peeled garlic
  • 1-2 fresh or dried chilli peppers
  • 1 tbs of dried shrimp
  •  1-1/2 TBS sugar
  • 7 cherry tomatoes
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 1½ tbs of fish sauce
  • 1-2 tbs Thai snake beans (or green beans) cut into 1 inch sticks


In a large bowl or mortar, mash the 2 cups green papaya, chili peppers (1 or 2 to start), and garlic. Crush together, pressing shredded papaya into side of bowl, grinding peppers and garlic. Add in carrots and green beans, and continue to crush together. Add in fish sauce, sugar and lime juice. Continue mixing and crushing together. Add in remaining green papaya, peanuts and cherry tomatoes.

Continue mixing and crushing, tasting often to ensure seasonings are correct. Serve.


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