Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam) ส้มตำไทย - Episode 3

Papaya salad was ranked as #46 on the World's 50 Most Delicious Foods by CNN Go. Although this dish originated from Laos it is enjoyed throughout Southeast Asia. This recipe is specifically the Thai version of papaya salad, or "Som Tam" as it is known is Thailand. It is fairly safe to say that any food known as a "Thai version" of something is going to be spicy, sour, and an amazing explosion of flavors. Som Tam is no different, in fact, Som Tam is a classic example of how Thai flavors come together in perfect harmony. This dish is one that Siri makes often since it is light, healthy, and refreshing. It is said that you could judge an entire restaurant based on just one or two dishes. Likewise, you can judge almost any Thai restaurant based on this single dish. If they have perfected this dish, then chances are everything else will be good.

Serving Info

Prep. time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes

Servings: 2 people


1 green papaya
1 carrot
15 cherry tomatoes
6 Thai peppers
½ cup green beans
2 tablespoon fish sauce
3 tablespoons lime juice
½ lime peel
2 garlic cloves
Dried shrimp to taste
Palm sugar to taste

Roasted peanuts to taste

Cooking Notes

Most of the key ingredients with this dish are easily substituted. For example, if you are allergic to peanuts, simply substitute them with sunflower seeds, or your favorite peanut alternative. If you are not a fan of dried shrimp, simply leave it out. I have even seen versions of this dish that replaced the green papaya with green apple. Be creative!