This green papaya salad is a very delicious and crunchy salad that can be eaten on its own.It's known as 'Som Tam' or 'Som Tum' in Thai.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 sugar. It's also easy to make, low-calorie, and very nutritious.
1 small green papaya
1 red chillies
1 green chillies
¼ cup lime juice
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
25g dried shrimps, finely chopped
25g roasted peanuts, finely chopped
Sliced extra chillies to garnish
1/3 cup long beans,cut into 1 inch and crushed with mortar
5 cherry tomatoes,halved
1. Peel and seed papaya and finely shred the flesh using a shredder or knife. Put in a bowl.
2. Finely chop one red and one green chili. Combine lime juice, fish sauce and sugar, stirring until dissolved.
3. Add to chopped chillies, garlic,long beans and tomatoes and toss well with papaya.
4. Serve on a platter sprinkled with ground shrimp, peanuts and sliced chillies.