A Thai classic, found throughout Southeast Asia. At Wickedfood Cooking School we include a version of this dish inspired by Chiang Mai Thai Cooking School, in one of our Thai cooking classes. To make this properly you need a large mortar. If doubling up on quantities, make in two separate batches. If green papaya is not available, it is just as delicious with strips of cucumber, minus the seeds, grated carrots, or strips of green beans. Delicious with sticky rice and barbecued chicken.

green_papaya_salad_13 cloves garlic, peeled
3-5 small, green chillies
2T dried shrimps
2t palm sugar
1-2T fish sauce
2T lime juice
1-2t shrimp paste (optional)
2T roasted peanuts
6 French beans – cut into 2cm pieces
3 cups (200g) green papaya, peeled and grated into thin strips (or cucumbers, carrots, beans)
1 tomato cut in half and sliced

  1. Put the garlic, chillies, shrimp and palm sugar into a large mortar and pound to a smooth paste.
  2. Add fish sauce, lemon juice and shrimp paste, and combine well.
  3. Add the roasted peanuts and French beans and roughly pound.
  4. Add the papaya and pound again to bruise the ingredients using the pestle and a spoon.
  5. Add tomatoes and pound to combine.
  6. Serve with sticky or coconut rice.

Serves 2

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Books reviewed by Wickedfood on Asian food:

Secrets of the Red Lantern

Kylie Kwong: Recipes and Stories

A Passion for Thai Cooking

Balance & Harmony, Asian Food


Wickedfood Cooking School

Sunninghill – (011) 234-3252sunninghill@wickedfood.co.za

Wickedfood cooking school runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built cooking studios. Classes are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – team building cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.

Our cookery classes are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and teambuilding cooking classes these classes are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.