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Lao Green Papaya Salad (Tam Som)

Serving Size: 4

2 1/2 c Shredded green papaya
4 md Red and green serrano chilies (or to taste)
2 lg Cloves garlic, skinned
1 c Green or string beans, cut 1" pieces
6 Cherry tomatoes, cut each in half
2 ts Ground peanuts (optional)
2 tbs Small dried shrimps
Cabbage and Iceberg lettuce leaves
5 tbs Lime juice
3 tbs Fish sauce
3 tbs Sugar
4 tbs Finely ground dried shrimps
  • Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Using a mortar and pestle, pound chilies and garlic to coarse texture. Add papaya, green beans, tomatoes and pound 1-2 minutes longer, mixing with a spoon while pounding. Add dried shrimps, peanuts, dressing and mix well. Serve immediately with cabbage and lettuce leaves. Goes well with barbequed chicken wings and steamed sticky rice. Makes about 4-1/2 cups of salad, about 4 servings.

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