Did someone say som tam? My mouth just started to water! The most popular salad in Thailand, som tam translates to “sour pounded”. A refreshing, spicy, sweet and healthy dish that is an amazing treat any time of the day. It is one of the signature recipes from Isaan, a large region in the northeast of Thailand where I come from. Here is a simple traditional recipe of the classic ‘som tam thai’ you can make very fast and easy any day of the week.
Som tam is made from a combination of shredded, unripened papaya mashed together with fish sauce, tomatoes, peanuts, sun dried shrimp, carrots, garlic and Thai chilli peppers. Served on a small plate in a puddle of its own juices with herbs, cabbage leaf and cucumber on the side, it is absolutely delicious.
I hope you enjoy my recipe!
♥♥♥ Namfon ♥♥♥
Suggested items for making som tam
Som Tam (Spicy Papaya Salad) ส้มตำไทย
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Flavors: Spicy, sweet, salty and sour
- 2 cups or 250 grams shredded green papaya
- 1 half of carrot, shredded
- 3 cloves of peeled garlic
- 4 to 6 small Thai chillies stem removed (add to your spicy tolerance level)
- 6 long or green beans, cut into one-inch pieces
- 2 Roma tomatoes cut in half and sliced
- 1/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
- 2.5 tablespoon palm sugar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons of fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lime
- 1 teaspoon dried shrimp (optional)
- Place the Thai chillies into a mortar and pound roughly for about 1 minute.
- Cut and peel garlic add into the mortar and continue to pound 1 minute.
- Chop and add long bean into the mortar and continue to pound 2 minutes more.
- Add palm sugar to the mortar.
- Cut and squeeze lime into the mortar. Pro-tip: only squeeze the line one time to keep the peel taste out of the som tam.
- Add fish sauce to mortar mix ingredients together until palm sugar is completely dissolved.
- Drop in the sliced tomato.
- Put in the roasted peanuts and mix together do NOT pound.
- Add shredded green papaya continue to mix thoroughly.
- Plate and serve.