Thai Cooking: Green Papaya Salad

** This is a part of a series of posts about my  blog trip to Thailand featuring one of the dishes we prepared at Amita’s Thai Cooking School. **

Known locally as “Som Tum” is popular in most areas in Thailand, among the locals and visitors alike. When you taste it you’ll know why. It’s very easy to make and fits perfectly when the weather is hot, as a salad or vegetable side dish.

Recipe: Som Tum (Thai Green Papaya Salad)


  • 1 cup grated green papaya
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. dried shrimps (optional – omitted due to my allergies)
  • 1/4 cup long beans, cut 1 1/4 inches
  • 1 pc chili
  • Dressing:
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp palm sugar
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp tamarind paste


  1. Combine all dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Pound garlic, red chili and dried shrimps in mortar.
  3. Add grated papaya, cherry tomatoes and long beans and pound very slightly.
  4. Pour dressing in and toss well.
  5. Remove from mortar and transfer to serving plate. Top with toasted, coarsely ground peanuts.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

I fell in love with this dish during my stay in Thailand that the first thing I searched for in the grocery store when I came back to Dubai was papaya! Thankfully, there are plenty of unripe papayas here!

To those who are living in Dubai – you can find Thai ingredients including kaffir lime leaves, curry paste, etc at the Asian store called Sunflower Supermarket in Karama.

Reference: map of the Thai Supermarket along with other Asian food supermarkets.

* Photo taken using Canon EOS 550D

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