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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