How To Prepare Different Versions of Som Tum Our Step-by-Step Photo/Video Recipe
Som Tum Shredded Sour Mango & Cucumber How To Shred Sour Mango for Som Tum How To Shred Green Papaya for Som Tum Som Tum Long Beans and Noodle Salad
Som Tum is loved throughout SE Asia in various forms, and we are pleased to present this detailed summary so you can bring it to your own kitchen. Somtum is a classic Thai dish, commonly associated with the NE (Isaan) area but served all over Thailand including a sidewalk shop found on our walking tour of good eats in Saochingcha area.
Somtum is typically prepared three different ways but here we feature the classics and some innovative variations. It can be "Somtum Thai" which has peanuts mixed in, "Somtum Poo" which has small rice field crabs pounded in, or "Somtum Lao sai pla ra" which includes the juice of pickled mudfish. Som tum is eaten as a snack as a salad.
Basic Version (see videos at left for variations)
2 cups shredded fresh green papaya, use a Pro-Slice Thai peeler
Peel fresh green papaya, rinse the white milk off, pat dry, then shred the whole papaya. Sprinkle with a bit of salt then rinse it off and drain. Keep 2 cups shredded papaya out, and put the rest in a sealed container for later use. Slice tomatoes thinly.
In a clay Lao-style mortar & pestle, coarsely pound the fresh chiles (whole) and garlic. Add string beans and sliced tomato, and pound it lightly (do not over-crush). Add dried shrimp, fish sauce, palm sugar and lime juice. Add these items spoon-by-spoon, and taste as you go. If you want to add peanuts, add now and lightly pound (optional). If you want to add pickled mud fish (pla ra), add two tablespoons of juice (optional).
Add shredded papaya and pound together until mixed well. Serve on a dish with fresh cabbage and string beans on the side. Enjoy!Feature: Poo Naa Rice Field Crab
Email This Story
Send this story to yourself or a friend.
Thai Feature StoriesThe Magnificent Thai Water Buffalo World's Largest Hanglay Pushing a Fruit Cart Through a Busy Market Morning Coffee
Thai Street Vendors
All of our street vendor features can be found in our Thai Street Vendors section.Arguably the Best Pad Thai in Thailand Chinese-Style Soup Haw Mukh from a Push Cart VW Bus Toast
Thai Street Vendor Videos
All of our videos can be found in our Thai Street Vendor Videos section.Thai Iced Tea and Coffee Vendor in Bangkok Thai Monks Stir-fried Seafood Basil, 'Pad Krapao Talay' Grapao Goong Plamuk Khai Dao
June 16th, 2012
August 12th, 2013
October 6th, 2013
March 18th, 2014
July 4th, 2014
February 15th, 2015
March 9th, 2015
Add a Comment
Thai Street Vendor Video
All of our videos can be found in our Thai Street Vendor Videos section.