Thai Papaya Salad (Som Tun) Recipe

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An awesome light, spicy salad. My mother-in-law showed me how to make this dish. It can't be too spicy!!

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Servings: 4


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  • 2 Thai Chili Peppers (or more to taste. I like 4. See picture #2)
  • 4 - 5 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Sliced green papaya (sliced thin like spaghetti noodles)
  • Thai Crab Sauce fish sauce for Papaya Salad (PT brand – it’s not too fishy tasting)
  • 10 Cherry tomatoes
  • Juice from 3 lemons (or limes)
  • 3- teaspoons sugar
  • 1 Head of cabbage


  1. Use mortar and pestle to crush peppers (see picture #3) and garlic
  2. Add papaya and continue crushing with the pestle
  3. Cut tomatos add to bowl, continue crushing
  4. Add juice of lemon, continue
  5. Shake crab sauce, add 2 - 3 tablespoon to bowl
  6. Add sugar, mix.
  7. Cut head of cabbage into quarters to create cups. Spoon salad into cabbage cups.
  8. Garnish with a slice cherry tomato.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 422g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 109  
Calories from Fat 7 6%
Total Fat 0.85g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.13g 1%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Potassium 1010mg 29%
Total Carbs 25.18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5.4g 18%
Sugars 17.16g 11%
Protein 3.86g 6%
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  • John Spottiswood
    April 12, 2008
    Great recipe, Rich! The detailed photo of the mortar and pestle is awesome. Thanks for taking the time to upload it. We'll be giving this one a try!

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