The famous Thai green papaya salad, also known as “Som Tam”, is popular the world over, and when you taste it you’ll know why. The slightly tart flavor of the green papaya combines wonderfully with the spice of the red chili and the saltiness of fish sauce and the sweetness of honey. Green papaya salad is a beautifully unique and flavour-filled dish that is utterly delicious, fiery and addictive. The Thai gorge on it as it’s said to help you lose weight.
This dish combines the main iconic tastes of the local Thai cuisine: sour lime, hot chilli, salty, savoury fish sauce, and the sweetness added by palm sugar. The ingredients are mixed and pounded in a mortar; the general Lao name tam som literally means “pounded sour”, however, the more specific Lao name tam maak hoong literally means “pounded papaya”. Here’s how you can make your very own version of the famous papaya salad. Bring out your mortar and pestle and make your very own Thai papaya salad in under 10 minutes with this delicious recipe.
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