• Thai Papaya Salad (Som Tun)

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    Thai Papaya Salad (Som Tun)
    Prep: 10 min Servings: 4
    by GrillKing
    5 recipes
    An awesome light, spicy salad. My mother-in-law showed me how to make this dish. It can't be too spicy!!


    • 2 Thai Chili Peppers (or more to taste. I like 4. See picture #2)
    • 4 - 5 cloves Garlic
    • 1 Sliced green papaya (sliced thin like spaghetti noodles)
    • Thai Crab Sauce fish sauce for Papaya Salad (PT brand – it’s not too fishy tasting)
    • 10 Cherry tomatoes
    • Juice from 3 lemons (or limes)
    • 3- teaspoons sugar
    • 1 Head of cabbage


    1. Use mortar and pestle to crush peppers (see picture #3) and garlic
    2. Add papaya and continue crushing with the pestle
    3. Cut tomatos add to bowl, continue crushing
    4. Add juice of lemon, continue
    5. Shake crab sauce, add 2 - 3 tablespoon to bowl
    6. Add sugar, mix.
    7. Cut head of cabbage into quarters to create cups. Spoon salad into cabbage cups.
    8. Garnish with a slice cherry tomato.

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    • John Spottiswood
      John Spottiswood
      Great recipe, Rich! The detailed photo of the mortar and pestle is awesome. Thanks for taking the time to upload it. We'll be giving this one a try!

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