that dish: som tum on my mind

After yesterday’s post I decided you could use a recipe to make some som tum of your own.

servings 2, time 10 minutes

som tom essentials

som tum essentials: 5 cherry tomatoes, 2 chili peppers, 1 tbsp dried shrimp, 1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce, 1 clove garlic, 6 green beans, 2 cups shredded green papaya, juice of 1 lime (asian limes are best), 1 1/2 tbsp palm sugar, 2 tbsp toasted peanuts. photo courtesy of

Smash garlic clove inside mortar and pestle. Next add green beans and halved cherry tomatoes, pound a few times until beans are bruised and tomatoes begin to juice. Add chili peppers and crush just enough to release the hotness, as much as you can handle. One the peppers release their flavor, add in the papaya, lime, dried shrimp, sugar, peanuts and fish sauce. Mash with the pestle until everything is mixed up well. That’s it, you’re done, eat up and smile. Hope you enjoy :)

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