Som Dtam Ponlamai: Fruit Salad

One of the most popular dishes in Thailand is the famous Papaya Salad (Som Dtam), or as the Thais like to say, “Papaya Bok Bok” since you have to mash everything up well with a big pestle and mortar. The most traditional kind if Som Dtam is called Som Dtam Thai, though there are many different kinds. This is a sweeter version and is more like a fruit salad. It is sweet and spicy at the same time, and of course very delicious! You can substitute different fruits as you like (its really good with dragon fruit), and vary the amount of ingredients depending on the flavor you want.

Ingredients:

rose apple ชมพู่
guava ฝรั่ง
grapes องุ่น
apple เเอปเปิ้ล
chili peppers พริก
garlic กระเทียม
palm sugar syrup นำ้ตาลปี๊บ
3 limes มะนาว
tomatoes มะเขือเทศ
fish sauce น้ำปลา
dried shrimp กุ้งเเห้ง
dried chili peppers พริกเเห้ง
roasted peanuts ถั่วคั่ว
green papaya มะละกอ(เเก่)

Directions:
1. Cut the fruit up into small chunks in a large bowl.
2. Mash the garlic and chili peppers with a pestle and mortar.
3. Add a few tbsp. of water to about a cup of palm sugar to make a syrup (Maple sugar would also work well)
4. Mix the syrup, chili peppers, and garlic into the mixed fruit.
5. Squeeze the juice of 2-3 limes into the mixture.
6. Slice the tomatoes and add to the fruit salad.
7. Add 1-2 large spoonfuls of fish sauce, depending how salty you want it.
8. Add the dried shrimp and dried chili pepper to taste.
9. Add about 1 cup of roasted peanuts.
10. Slice a green papaya (only about 1/3 of large fruit) into the salad.
11. Stir the salad gently until everything is mixed well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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