Salad Som Tam Jae (ส้มตำ) – Vegan Green Papaya Salad

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Som Tam Jae (ส้มตำ) – Vegan Green Papaya Salad


Som Tam is a world wide sensation, if you have not tried this spicy, refreshing and sweet salad then you are in for a real treat! Although originally from Lao, this dish has become a Thai favorite and has spread all over the world, including outside of Asia.

It was listed at number 46 of the worlds most delicious foods by CNN Go in 2011 and with Thai restaurants all over the states and Europe often serving this dish, it is a very well received salad indeed.

thaital-som-tam-4The dish is made from unripe green papaya, and you cannot really get around it if you don’t have this ingredient available. We are really sorry but you can try with some carrot, but really you must have green papaya. Maybe you can grow your own papaya tree if you cannot access this, as the tree grows really fast and produces loads of fruit. But it will require a warm climate so for Europeans maybe a indoor grow would be the best.

Traditionally this dish is made with a raw partially rotted fish product which has since been linked to worms and other intestinal tract problems, so we recommend you stay clear of this when ordering. Additionally the dish is often made with garlic which is debatable of its toxicity to humans, due to its effect on thickening saliva and the buddha’s stand point on it – we do not see it as ital and have not included it in this dish, if you like it from a taste preference feel free to add it.

roasting raw peanuts for som tamWe have roasted our own ‘redshell’ peanuts which are very cheap here and can be done in the oven in tin foil in a short time before you cook. We recommend you do your own peanuts instead of store bought as you will have a refresher taste and avoid possible salts, msg and other coverings that are being used in pre-packaged nuts.

 

 

If you want to make this really spicy, just add more chili. It’s as simple as that, for taste you may want to balance it with some more lime juice then the recipe provided or coconut sugar, just go with your preferences and adjust the recipe as best suits.

Som Tam is all about how you are feeling when you cook it, enjoy the process and savor the flavors. Refreshing, spicy, zingy lime and nutty. It is a taste explosion! Try adding cucumber, flax seeds, chia seeds and spirulina for a real nutrition boost for you and your family or dinner friends.

 

 

Som Tam Jae (ส้มตำ) - Vegan Green Papaya Salad
Print Recipe
Raw green un-ripe papaya, chili, green beans, carrot, peanuts and coconut sugar make up our version of the Som Tam, a spicy salad.
Servings Prep Time
2 People 10 Mins
Servings Prep Time
2 People 10 Mins
Som Tam Jae (ส้มตำ) - Vegan Green Papaya Salad
Print Recipe
Raw green un-ripe papaya, chili, green beans, carrot, peanuts and coconut sugar make up our version of the Som Tam, a spicy salad.
Servings Prep Time
2 People 10 Mins
Servings Prep Time
2 People 10 Mins
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Start by washing and peeling your papaya
  2. Now using a shredder peeler make slivers of green papaya by running the tool over the green flesh, collect this on a plate.
  3. A plateful is about enough for a serving
  4. Now do the same with your carrot and make about half as much as the papaya.
  5. Remove the green heads from your chili
  6. Cut up your green beans into sections around 3-5cm long
  7. Wash and half your seeda tomatoes
  8. Half a lime and get your nuts to hand, you are now ready to make som tam!
  9. Add your green beans and chili to your mortar and pestle
  10. Add your nuts
  11. Mash it up with the pestle for a few minutes
  12. Now add in your papaya, carrot and tomatoes
  13. Continue bashing it with the pestle to mix up the ingredients and loosen the fibres, add a couple splashes of black bean sauce and a spoon of coconut sugar
  14. Add your lime in, squeeze the juices out an mix again
  15. Once everything is mixed up and looking as pictured, you are ready to serve
  16. Som Tam is usually served on a plate, with a side of raw cabbage and sticky rice or dry rice noodles. Som Tam goes great with fresh guava or orange juice!
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