The famous Papaya Salad, known as “Tam Maak Hoong”, originated in Laos and was popularized by Thais known as “Som Tam”. The meaning of “Tam” is to pound in a mortar with a pestle, and “Maak Hoong” means papaya. Using the crunchy texture of shredded unripe papaya combined with the flavors of spicy, salty, sweet, and sour creates an exotic flavorsome taste that will leave your mouth craving for more.
- Using a mortar and pestle if available, add shredded papaya along with other ingredients that you wish to use, such as slices of long beans and tomatoes. For experienced users, papaya may be interchanged with cucumbers, mangoes, eggplants, rice or vermicelli noodles, etc.
- Depending on the serving amount, add the desired amount of papaya sauce to the mix.
- Use the following to control the taste:
- Lime Juice for more Sour
- Sugar for more Sweet
- Chili Peppers for more Spice
- Pound and stir with a spoon until the ingredients are fully mixed well.
- Taste the sauce and control your dish with step 3 until you’re satisfied.
Ingredients: Water, ground preserved fish sauce [pickled gouramy fish (gouramy fish, salt, rice powder, fish sauce), fish sauce (anchovy extract, salt, sugar), flavour enhancer (monosodium glutamate, disodium 5′-inosinate, disodium 5′-guanylate)], fish sauce (water, anchovy extract, salt, sugar), sugar, fresh garlic, seedless tamarind (tamarind, salt), shrimp paste (shrimp, salt, sugar), iodized salt (salt, calcium silicate, dextrose, potassium iodide), monosodium glutamate, ground roasted chili. Contains fish (gouramy, anchovy) and shrimp.