Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Thai Papaya Salad

I've never seen green papayas (unripe papayas) in the U.S. before (granted I've never looked either), but I got super excited when I saw it and just HAD to grab it. And boy am I glad I did! The next thing I need to keep my eye out for is a mandoline though. Julienning that darn thing by hand only took a year and a half...

To prep the papaya, cut in half (I had to use a cleaver since it was pretty hard) an scoop out the seeds. Oh, and peel it too. Then julienne away!

- Green papaya (julienned)
- Tomato (sliced into super thin wedges)
- Garlic (minced)
- Dried baby shrimp (soaked in water to rehydrate a bit)
- Peanuts

- Lime juice
- Fish sauce
- Palm sugar (I used brown sugar)
- Chili peppers

It's super easy! Just mix everything together and let it sit for a bit so that flavors meld and then stuff your face!

Edit - This recipe has been featured on KeyIngredient! Check it out!


dp said...

Let me introduce you to this. Except no immitations; make sure it is the Kiwi brand. I think it's about 1.99 at any Thai-Viet store or 10.99 online + shipping. Although it can be used for anything, it's especially made for shredding papaya. It gives exactly the right thickness and length.

I also like to add tamarind juice in my salad for that little extra something something. My mom loves it with fermented fish juice, but I won't insist on it :-)

gaga said...

Haha, thanks dp! I'll definitely keep my eye out for it.

And I did consider adding some tamarind juice but decided against it at the last minute. Next time, esp since you're recommending it, I'll try the tamarind juice and see if I like it better.


dp said...

Seriously, what's the point of spell check when I just use the wrong word??!LOL Accept, not except...

If you try the tamarind, let me know how you like it. Now you've go me craving this!

That Girl said...

I'll have to keep my eye open for green papayas!

East Meets West Kitchen said...

This is a simple and easy salad when you have that Kiwi tool DP mentioned. Your pictures looked yummy! :)

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