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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Som Tam

Som Tam is green papaya salad.

Ingredients

green papaya
carrot
kangkong (watercress)
cucumber
long beans (kacang panjang)
fried peanuts
fried sesame seeds
chili
onions
salt
sugar
water
vinegar or lime juice
dried shrimp (geragau)
belacan*
fish sauce*
*very salty and high in MSG

Method

Green papaya is shredded thinly using a mandolin.
Carrot is sliced thinly and then finely into sticks like toothpicks.
Kangkong is briefly dipped in hot water to kill worms and cut to bite-size.
Long beans is cut to 1 inch long and briefly dipped in hot boiling water.
Lightly pound or blend spices. Fry and add water to obtain some gravy. Adjust to taste.
When ready to be served, mix all ingredients in a bowl

This salad is either eaten alone as a snack or with freshly cooked rice.

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