Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Som Tam (Thai Papaya Salad)

Do you know the best way to eat long beans? Eat it raw with dressing !
Not so long ago I just realized the real taste of long bean when I eat it raw. It is plain, crunchy, and it got a distinct taste which I can't describe.
And when it comes to veggies and salads, I'd say yes, me- love salad. Thanks to my Sundanese father, I could eat a whole plate of lalap with sambal oelek all by myself :-).

This recipe has been in my list for quite some time. I love Thai food, they are similar with Indonesian food. What I love most about them is the combination of sour -from the lemon zest, hot -from the extremely hot bird's eye chili/chili padi, and the aroma -from the lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, and galangal.

Even this salad, it is very "thai", spicy and fragrant. Really like the dressing, the dried prawn (ebi) combined with chilli, lime juice, garlic, and the fish sauce made it rich yet fresh.
Som Tam (from Chef Wan's Simply Sedap cookbook)
3 cloves garlic, peeled
30 grams dried prawn, soaked in water and drained
4-6 bird's eye chillies
85 grams cup peanuts, roasted
3 tbsp grated palm sugar or brown sugar
2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 tbsp tamarind juice from 1 tsp tamarind pulp
2-3 tbsp nam pla (thai fish sauce)
juice of 1-2 limes
350 grams peeled, shredded green papaya
long beans
Method
Pound the garlic, dried prawns, chillies, peanuts and palm sugar until coarsely ground. Add the tomatoes and continue pounding to make the mixture smooth.
Add the tamarind juice, nam pla and lime juice. Stir and transfer to a salad bowl.
Add the papaya and mix well. Serve with raw long beans.

4 Comments:

Blogger yenny-zahari said...

hi taa...saladnya segerr banget yaah...jadi pengen nyobaa neeh..:)ada testerannya ngga? hihihihi

May 19, 2007 at 2:24 AM  
Blogger Ati said...

wah menu sehat nih, seger banget, hm...jadi kepingin, kapan yah bisa nyobain :)

May 19, 2007 at 4:58 AM  
Blogger Lia said...

ngeliat ini jadi kepengen bikin abis photonya cantik bikin ileran :D

August 6, 2007 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger daphne said...

oo.. i'm not sure about hthe raw beans by the salad looks so colourful!

April 23, 2008 at 11:24 PM  

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