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Green Papaya Salad – Som Tum ส้มตำ

Hi guys! Today I bring you a juicy, refreshing salad from my Thailand trip. Green Papaya Salad – Som Tum ส้มตำ recipe from chef from the Amaresa resort & sky bar – Koh Phangan island, Thailand.


I spend few days in the small paradise, in Amaresa resort & sky bar, on the Koh Phangan island. First evening I ordered a papaya salad, but it looks nothing like a papaya drink (bright orange / pink). So I asked why?! The chef lady had a good laugh at me & explained that its made from a green unripe papaya fruit :D So I learned something new – Green papaya salad is a spicy salad made from raw shredded unripe papaya.


I had a nice relaxing time there, enjoying stunning view with a delicious meals & fresh juices in the restaurant. On my last day I asked Amaresa’s owner about recipe for my Blog & for you guys. The Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum ส้มตำ) was an final choice. As I find out later this salad is the most popular dish among women in Thailand. It is a Northeastern food that maybe eaten with sticky rice, beef salad OR bamboo shoot salad.


Green Papaya Salad – Som Tum ส้มตำ

Cost: £10 / Total time: 15 min / Serves: 2 / Calories per serve: 230 / Contains: Nuts / Extra: Vegetarian, Raw


1 Tomato / 5 Cherry Tomatoes
2 Chilli Peppers
1 1/2 tbsp Fish / Soya Sauce
2 cloves Garlic
6 Green Beans
2 cups Shredded Green Papaya
3/4 Lime
1 1/2 tbsp Palm / Brown Sugar
2 tbsp Toasted Peanuts

Optional: 1 tbsp dried Shrimp, carrot


clay mortar, wooden pestle, spatula



Smash a cloves of garlic – no piling. Then add green beans & sliced tomatoes (halved cherry tomatoes). Pound a few times just to bruise the beans & get the juice out of the tomatoes. Add chilli peppers, crush them just enough to release the hotness (if you are not fun of hot food – half of one chilli is more than enough). Add the green papaya, dried shrimp, toasted peanuts, fish / soya sauce, lime juice & palm / brown sugar. Use the pestle to push the mixture up in mortar & the spatula to push it down so that the mixture is mixed well.

Many Asian supermarkets have pre-shredded green papaya, well for us in Europe good luck to find a whole Green Papaya :) But if you do find it – papaya can be peeled & shredded using a regular cheese grater with medium to large-sized holes. Alternatively use a papaya shredder. When you get closer to the center of papaya, you will see the white immature seeds inside, then move onto another part of the papaya. Remove any seeds that got into your bowl.

For a vegetarians: Omit dried shrimp & substitute soy sauce for fish sauce. Som tum is salad so an individual dish that so amount of any ingredient can be adjusted to your liking.


Raw Green Papaya

Raw Green Papaya is amazingly packed with vitamins, enzymes and phytonutrients. It contains vital nutrients including potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, C, E and B. The benefits of green papaya are not only it’s nutrient content though, it actually improves digestion and the uptake of nutrients, raising enzyme levels and improving assimilation. All of this aids in strengthening the body’s natural immune system. Source: Thesuperfooddiet


I like the Green Papaya salad with shrimp spring-roles or grilled shrimps. The hardest part of the recipe is to get all ingredients :) This fresh, juicy & healthy salad goes well with any fried, dry meet. Another easy recipe for your family & great party starter.

Hope I inspired you to try something new. Massive thank you to the owner lady (for allowing this) & (for cooking) of the Amaresa resort & sky bar, on the Koh Phangan island in Thailand, for my very first recipe in my “Recipes from holidays” collection.


Thank you guys Green Papaya Salad – Som Tum ส้มตำ made by the Amaresa resort & sky bar chef, on the Koh Phangan island, Thailand.

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