Som Tum Thai (Green Papaya Salad)


Som Tum Thai (Green Papaya Salad)

With Dried Shrimps, Bird’s Eye Red Chilli & Fresh Thai Garlic

Som Tum Thai (Thai Green Papaya Salad) is one of Chef Nuit’s favourite comfort foods. The Green Payaya Salad is a perfect balance of sour, sweet, salty, and spicy – the signature tastes in Thai cuisine. These flavours are sure to transport you to Thailand!

Serves 2
•   Easy Prep
•   Ready in 25 Minutes


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  • 2 Fresh Bird’s Eye Red Chilli
  • 5 cloves Fresh Thai Garlic
  • 65g PAI’s Papaya Salad Dressing
  • 1 Lime
  • 28g Dried Shrimps
  • 1 Roma Tomato
  • 3 Yard Long Beans
  • 260g Green Papaya, shredded
  • 57g Roasted Peanuts


Make sure you’ve got a Large Clay Mortar & Pestle or Mixing Bowl, a Large Spoon, a Chef’s Knife, and a Cutting Board. Now, let’s get cooking!


  1. Prepare the ingredients. Cut the Lime into quarter wedges. Cut the Tomato into bite-size pieces. Trim the ends of the Yard Long Beans and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.

Option 1: Mortar and Pestle

  1. In a clay mortar and pestle, grind Red Chilli (stem removed) and Thai Garlic into a coarse paste (use 1/2 chilli for mild, 1 for medium, or 2 for Thai spicy).

  2. Add Dried Shrimps, Tomato, Yard Long Beans, and Peanuts into the mortar and lightly bruise with the pestle.

  3. Squeeze in 1 Lime wedge, then add the remains of the Lime wedge into the mortar to further infuse the salad with flavour (this is a traditional way of cooking in Thailand).

  4. Add PAI’s Papaya Salad Dressing and shredded green Papaya and lightly bruise with the pestle. Using a large spoon, mix the salad well in the mortar. Transfer to a serving plate and serve immediately.

Option 2: Mixing Bowl

  1. Finely mince Chilli (stem removed) and Thai Garlic (with skin; if skin is hard, peel before mincing). Use 1/2 chilli for mild, 1 for medium, or 2 for Thai spicy. Transfer them to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add PAI’s Papaya Salad Dressing, juice of 1 Lime wedge, Tomato, Dried Shrimps, and roasted Peanuts. Use the back of a large spoon to lightly press the Tomato to release its juices and mix well to combine.
  3. Add Yard Long Beans, and shredded Green Papaya and toss well to combine. Serve immediately.

Nuit Regular

Executive Chef