This is a print preview of "Thai Papaya Salad (Som Tun)" recipe.

Thai Papaya Salad (Som Tun) Recipe
by GrillKing

Thai Papaya Salad (Som Tun)

An awesome light, spicy salad. My mother-in-law showed me how to make this dish. It can't be too spicy!!

Rating: 3.5/5
Avg. 3.5/5 1 vote
Prep time: Thailand Thai
  Servings: 4

Goes Well With: grilled chicken & sticky rice

Wine and Drink Pairings: Singha beer


  • 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.