Friday, April 26, 2013

Thai Green Papaya Salad

 My son and I love to watch a show called "Chasing the Yum" with Chef Jet Tila.  The show is all about making Asian food and breaking down the fear of cooking it.  Recently, Chef Tila made a Thai Green Papaya Salad and I knew I had to try it his way.  Chef Tila believes in a concept called "yum" which represents the balance of spicy, salty, sweet and sour.  This salad is all about the balance of those flavors. 

1 green papaya (about 4 cups green papaya) julienned or grated (available in Asian markets)
1/3 cup tomatoes, cut into small chunks
3 tablespoons Fish sauce (to taste)
3 tablespoons Lime juice (to taste)
2 tablespoons Sugar (to taste)
2 cloves Garlic grated
2-3 green chilies chilies finely diced (seeded for less spice)
1 Tbs dried salted shrimp (available in Asian markets)
2 Tbs roasted peanuts and more for garnish   

Peel papaya, then use grater or julienne tool to make thin strips.  Place papaya in bowl.  In a food processor or a mortar and pestle combine tomatoes, chilies, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, garlic, chile and dried shrimp.  If using a food processor pulse 6-8 times until coarsely chopped and combined.  If using a mortar and pestle pound until coarsely mashed.

Pour processed ingredients over prepared papaya and toss well.   Taste for "yum".  Chill salad for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.  Garnish with more chopped peanuts, tomatoes and lime. Enjoy. peanuts


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  1. Oh I love papaya, but I've never had a green one before. Need to check that out. You really have piqued my curiosity with this one. The papaya, the fish sauce, dried shrimp and nuts - It all sounds wonderful, but not knowing how green papaya taste, I have no idea what this would taste like. Guess I need to make it! It certainly looks delicious and coming from your kitchen - I know it is!

  2. Love this beautiful salad, who can resist to them.

  3. Wow. If this is a 'yum' dish, I'm all over it. I never knew that there was such a thing as green papaya but now I'll be on the hunt for it.

  4. Oh wow that salad looks incredible! Very lite with lots of flavor. Great for summer!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  5. such a wonderful presentation,love this salad.

  6. i've never tried papaya but I have always seen versions of this out but they always have seafood in it...maybe I should just make it myself. Looks delish!

  7. Hi Ramona,Please tell me if it is dry roasted shrimp or just dry shrimp used as it is.I have never used raw dry shrimp,btw the salad looks yum and want to try it out.

    1. Hi Meena,

      It's just tried salted shrimp. I don't think it's roasted. You can get it as any Asian market that carries Thai food stuff. Hope you enjoy. :)

    2. oops... I meant dried salted shrimp. :)

    3. Thanks a lot Ramona ,I was under the impression dried shrimp is never consumed without cooking.I love dried shrimp and buy it all the time .

  8. Papaya Salad is my favorite thai food ever!!! Now I finally have a recipe! thank you :)
    xox Amy

  9. You perked up my interest with this one. I was reading the "Spicy, sweet, salty, sour" description to my husband and he started drooling.

  10. What a window but tasty flavour combo :)
    Very exotic!

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Yum is in full effect with this one!

  12. Sounds like a show I would really enjoy. I go back and forth on papaya, some days I like it and others not so much. Your salad would fall into the I like it days.:)

  13. This is wicked impressive. I can't get over how pretty and yummy this looks. I must try this asap.

  14. Thank you so much for your blog post! Was craving this salad and couldn't find my recipe packet from Chef jet's Class. He is so awesome! I've taken 15 cooking classes from him and he's a fantastic teacher. . Love the show too. Making this tomorrow!.

  15. Fantastic Post! Lot of information is helpful in some or the other way. Keep updating papaya green


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