Som Tum Papaya Salad
The Som Tum Papaya Salad is one of my childhood favorites. It has every flavor under the sun: Spicy! Sour! Sweet! Salty! And braver souls looking to go the distance can kick it up even more by adding shrimp paste. For a full meal, serve with sticky rice and barbecued chicken. YUM! TIP: Green papaya can be a bit difficult to find, so if there’s no papaya in sight and you’re really craving these flavors, you can always substitute with a carrot.
Combine dried shrimp, garlic cloves, cherry tomatoes, Thai chilis and palm sugar in the mortar bowl and gently pound with pestle
Add fresh lime to mortar and gently pound
Add green beans and peanuts, gently pound
Add julienned papaya to mortar bowl, top with a large drizzle of fish sauce and continue to pound gently
When ingredients have thoroughly combined, the salad will have achieved a balanced flavor profile of sweet, salty, spicy and sour
Serve with sticky rice