Friday, 1 June 2012

Green Papaya Salad

Papaya salad + Lao sausage


  • 2-3 cups shredded young, green papaya (wash and rinse the papaya, peel off the outer skin, then shred)
  • 3-5 red chili peppers (you can substitute the green ones or mix them together, depending on your taste)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped peanuts (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon shrimp paste
  • 2-3 tablespoon nam bpa (fish sauce)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cane sugar (add more if you like it sweeter)
  • 1 lime (slice into four quarters)
  • 8 to 12 cherry tomatoes (slice in half or smaller)
  • 1/2 head lettuce and or 1/2 cabbage (slice)

Crush chili peppers and garlic in the mortar with the pestle. Add the shrimp paste to make a thick pasty mix. Add fish sauce and mix. In a large bowl add shredded papaya, tomatoes, two quarters of lime (squeeze the juice on to the mix, add the rinds) and sugar. Add the ingredients from the mortar and mix the ingredients thoroughly by smashing gently on the salad mix with the pestle on one hand and using a big long spoon to toss the salad mix.

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