How to make Papaya Salad:
This green papaya salad, known as som tam, is popular in most areas of Thailand, and when you taste it, you’ll know why.
The slightly tart flavor of the green papaya combines well with the spice of red chili pepper and the saltiness of shrimp paste and fish sauce, plus the sweetness of honey. Green papaya salad is a beautifully unique and flavor-filled dish that will make a great impression. It’s also easy to make, low-calorie, and very nutritious. Green papayas are available in grocery stores – they are actually not that green so you have to choose and make sure that you purchase the greenest that you can find and also the hardest. Soft papaya will not work for this recipe. The best papaya for this is “manibalang” – half-ripe (just turning into yellow) but still hard.
1. Peel the papaya, cut it in half, then discard the seeds.
2. Sliced the papaya flesh into small thin pieces.
3. The pieces are then dressed in carrot, vinegar and salt.
4. Add a little bit of sugar.