I love eating green papaya salad especially in the summer! It is light and refreshing. It's a little sweet, sour, and spicy! You can make it with a few key ingredients! This is a recipe that I created through experimentation and trial/error. Hope you like it. This is a very popular salad that Hmong people love to eat especially at Hmong soccer tournaments and Hmong New Year celebrations. Green papaya salad originated from Laos/Thailand.
Green Papaya Salad Recipe Ingredients:
- 2 cups shredded green papaya
- 1 clove garlic
- 3 thai chili pepper (add more or less pepper to suit your taste)
- 1 tsp shrimp paste
- 1/4 tsp crab paste
- 2 tbsp salted crab
- 2 tbsp palm sugar crushed + 1 tbsp water (melt for 30 seconds in a microwave)
- 1 tbsp fish sauce (three crabs brand)
- 1/4 cup tamarind paste water
- 1/2 lime (this also equals about 1 tbsp, add more lime if you like it more sour)
- 1 1/2 tbsp crushed peanuts
- 5-7 cherry tomatoes sliced
- Peel the green skin off the papaya with a peeler. Use the asian shredding peeler to get thin shreds. Or if you don't have one, chop the papaya all around and then use a knife to slice it into strips (doing it the old fashioned way makes the salad crisp).
- Melt the crushed palm sugar with 1 tbsp water in a microwave for 30 seconds
- To make the tamarind paste water, take a block of tamarind and add equal amount of hot water. Let is soak for about 10-15 minutes and then squeeze out the juice. You can use it just like this or put it through a sieve to remove the seeds.
Putting it all together
- In a mortar, smash/grind the thai chili pepper.
- Add the garlic clove and smash.
- Add the shrimp paste, crab paste. Mix.
- Add the salted crab and smash lightly to remove the juices from the crab.
- Add the fish sauce, sugar syrup, tamarind paste water. Mix.
- Add the tomatoes and smash lightly to bruise the tomatoes.
- Put the shredded green papaya in a large bowl.
- Add the sauce and crushed peanuts to the papaya and toss to coat the papaya.
Adjust the ingredient measurements to suit your taste!
Kicking it up a notch:
- Add some long green beans
- Add some shredded carrots
- Add some dry small shrimp
- Add some khaub poob noodles
- Eat it with some pork rinds
- Add padek (mud fish) to give it a pungent kick
- Anything you like!!!!!
You can buy the ingredients at most asian grocery stores. Just ask the clerk to help you find them.
Leave me a comment if you try this recipe!