Very good. Having grown up with best friends from Thailand, I ate this daily and learned to make this the traditional way of the Thai people. It best to have large mortar and pestle. Then the only things I do suggest is that for the most part, Som Tom is made with pickled mud fish sauce or shrimp paste versus the fish sauce. Also, we usually use cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes. We normally leave out the cashews. This is very good recipe though. Like all recipes, there are as many versions of Som Tom as there are soups! Many times you can use mango or cucumber or even carrots instead of Papaya! One of my all time favorites!! I love it with sticky rice best of all!
This is exactly how it should be done. Although, I did substitute chili garlic sauce for the birds eye chilies.
I made this recently with some pad thai and really enjoyed it. I made per the recipe except used regular fresh green beans, not long beans. I had a hard time finding the dried shrimp at the local Asian market because they were in the frozen section! I found this to be more flavorful the next day and will make it a day ahead in the future. Thanks for posting, ummi77.
Loved it! Served over brown rice like our local Thai restaurant offers and it made a great meal.
This was stellar! I left out the shrimp and added just a touch more sugar. Threw in mint, cilantro and scallons too. Fantastic!
I had been wanting to try this at my local Thai restaurant, but had not gotten around to ordering it. I found pre-julienned green papaya, so I bought that and made this recipe (shockingly enough, I had most of the other ingredients!). This was really great, no one overpowering flavor. They all work together really well and it tasted fantastic. What a great, quick, light dish. Perfect for this Las Vegas heat.
Perfect sauce recipe! I threw in some green onions too. I omitted dried shrimp (allergy reasons), still great taste!
My friend and I are "addicted" to this salad at our local Thai haunt- I made this for her for her birthday, and she flipped! Very good!- I add more garlic and sometimes throw in grated carrots, sprouts and julienned green onions. The food processor makes short work of the veggie grating- you can also make the dressing in it(separately). VERY EASY!