Som Tam (Green Papaya & Mango Salad)

October 4, 2011

Celebrity chef Tobie Puttock shares his recipe for classic green papaya and mango salad, marrying hot, sour, sweet and spicy flavours in a refreshing salad that’s ideal served as part of an Thai banquet.

Serves 4


2 cloves of garlic, peeled

3-5 birds eye chillies

1 teaspoon of dried shrimp (optional)

½ cup of snake beans cut into 2cm lengths

1 carrot, julienne

1 ½ cups of green papaya, peeled and cut into julienne

1 cup of mango, peeled and cut into thick slices

Juice of 2 limes

2 tablespoons of fish sauce

2 tablespoons of palm sugar

Small handful of cherry tomatoes, washed and halved

Small handful of unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped


1. Take a mortar and pestle and pound the garlic and the chilies until they come to a paste. Add the shrimp (if using) and the green beans and pound them just a little so you squash them without turning them into a paste. Add the carrot and then the papaya and continue to pound away, this will bruise the papaya so it can take on the flavour of the chilli and garlic.

2. Now add the lime juice, fish sauce and palm sugar and take a spoon and stir the ingredients through so the flavours are even throughout.

3. Have a taste, the flavour should be hot, sour and salty, if you feel the flavour is uneven add a little more lime juice or fish sauce or chili to balance it out.

4. Finally fold through the mango, halved cherry tomatoes and the chopped peanuts, stir once more and serve immediately.

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