Collection Of All Thai Papaya Salad Recipes
Thai papaya salad is one of the most popular Thai food dishes and is called
'somtam' in the Thai language. There are a few variations in the Thai
papaya salad prepared in Thailand and we will be including the most popular
varieties of this salad on our website. As the name would suggest, papaya
is one of the main ingredients of the Thai papaya salad.
The best papaya salad would be made with, fresh green papayas that are
firm with a polished glossy look on the skin.
The skin is used to select the ideal papayas for making the salad, but the skin
itself does not go into the green papaya salad as it is taken off during the
Traditionally, the jar used to make papaya salad is cut out from solid rock
and a wooden pestle is used to crush the ingredients in the jar.
There is a subdued thud each time the pestle is hit into the jar to crush the
papaya and other ingredients. This sound has probably prompted many foreigners
to refer to papaya salad or somtam as 'papaya-puck-puck'!
All types of Thai papaya salad go well with sticky rice and even with grilled chicken.
It is often served with a piece of raw cabbage and a few pieces of raw long beans. The cabbage
and long beans are placed on a small saucer with a piece of ice.
The ice is probably meant to cool the stomach as the Thais love their somtam to be very
Papaya Salad: Recipe I (Somtum Thai)
This is the most popular version of the Thai green papaya salad and is also called
Somtum Thai. This is also the most basic form of the papaya salad made in Thailand
and all the other variations are based on this recipe. The Thais love their somtum hot
and spicy, but if you are trying your first attempt at this delicious Thai dish,
go low on the chillies.
For those of you who do not like the strong pungent smell of garlic, reduce the quantity
of garlic when making the papaya salad.
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