Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 mins

From, posted for ZWT 9--"Muang Sing villagers operating the community-based ecotourism trekking business Akha Experience taught The Boat Landing staff this recipe when they trained at the guest house in July 2005. Traditionally, this Akha salad is made with either ginger or sesame seed, but never both. Each version is delicious and great served warm or cold."

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 lb green beans, ends removed
  • 12 garlic cloves, roasted and peeled (roast the entire head before peeling the cloves)
  • 1 piece ginger, thumb-size, roasted and peeled (if not using sesame seeds)
  • 2 -3 tablespoons sesame seeds (if not using ginger)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sawtooth herbs, chopped (or substitute culantro)
  • 2 tablespoons spring onions, white stalk and greens, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mint leaf, chopped (or substitute cilantro)


  1. Slice the beans diagonally or halve them. Steam the beans for a few minutes until lightly cooked. Remove to a mixing bowl.
  2. Dry roast the sesame seeds until golden. Remove them before completely browned. Set aside to cool.
  3. Put the peeled, roasted garlic cloves and salt in a mortar. Slice the roasted ginger if using. Add to the mortar. Pound the ingredients together until well-integrated. Tip this mixture over the beans.
  4. Add the soy sauce and gently mix into the salad by hand. Add the chopped mint and sawtooth herb.
  5. Add the dry roasted sesame seeds if using and gently mix in by hand.