My Thailand experience that lead to this Super Simple THAI GREEN PAPAYA SALAD!

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One of my absolute favorite Thai dishes. I always order Green Papaya Salad whenever I go to a Thai Restaurant. In 2011, I took a cooking class in Thailand. This was also on the menu for the day. All the vegetables were prepped for us so that made things a lot easier. I figured it REALLY is easy to make this. There are so many recipes out there so you certainly have to modify the amount of the ingredients to your liking but here is my recipe I used today.

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Ingredients

  • 2 bags of shredded Green Papaya (I got this at the Farmers Market for ONLY $2 a bag! What a deal!)
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Peanuts (that I will chop and toast)
  • Green Beans (Optional  – I didn’t use green beans today)
  • Shrimp (Optional – I didn’t use Shrimp today)

Dressing:

  • Juice of a Lime (I didn’t have any so I substituted today with lemon)
  • A few cloves of Garlic. (I like a lot of garlic)
  • Couple Thai Chili Peppers (Again, I like a lot of spice)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Fish Sauce

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Mince the garlic and chili peppers and add it to all the other ingredients in a bowl for the dressing. Chop the tomatoes and add it to the Green Papaya in a large bowl and toss with the dressing.

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Top with the toasted peanut. I burnt them today as you can see.

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That’s it! This is soooooo easy and tasty!

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Now,  Here is how I learned how to make Thai Green Papaya Salad in Thailand at the Lanta Thai Cookery School in Klong Khong Beach, Koh Lanta, Krabi. I highly recommend taking a class here if you ever get the chance. The chef and staff are incredible!

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This is what the Green Papaya looks like peeled, before it is shredded.

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Other ingredients included Thai Chili Pepper, Green Beans, Shredded Carrot, Tomatoes and Garlic which they already prepped for us to save some time.

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We used a mortar and pestle to pound the Fish Paste, Lime Juice and Chili Peppers

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Then added the Garlic, Beans and Peanuts then the Chopped Tomatoes

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Then we added the Green Papaya and Shrimp and tossed all together

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Here is the finished Salad! It was sooooooooooooooo delicious!!!

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I also wanted to share the Green Papaya Salad we had at the Floating Market and how it was made. It doesn’t get more authentic than this. To be honest, I just had a couple bites because I was a bit apprehensive about eating the food at the Floating Market.

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While at the Floating Marketing…being the pushover I am, I decided to make friends with a couple snakes! Another unforgettable experience that I do not need to try again. You can see how scared I am! YIKES!!!!

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