Som Tum

Som Tum

By Food E Fare

Som Tum, also spelled Som Tam or Som Tum, is a popular Thai salad known for its vibrant and refreshing flavors. The highlight of this salad is green papaya, which is shredded and combined with a mix of other ingredients to create a delightful balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy tastes.

Here's a basic recipe for Som Tum:


  • 1 medium-sized green papaya, peeled and shredded
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-3 Thai bird's eye chili peppers, finely chopped (adjust to taste)
  • 2-3 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1-2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried shrimp (optional)
  • Green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces (optional)
  • Carrot, shredded (optional)
  • Cherry tomatoes, additional lime wedges, and cilantro for garnish


Prepare the Papaya:

  • Peel the green papaya and shred it using a grater or a julienne peeler. Place the shredded papaya in a large mixing bowl.

Make the Dressing:

  • In a separate bowl, mix together minced garlic, chopped Thai chili peppers, fish sauce, lime juice, and palm sugar. Adjust the quantities to achieve the desired balance of flavors – sweet, sour, salty, and spicy.

Toss the Salad:

  • Pour the dressing over the shredded papaya. Toss the ingredients together to ensure the papaya is well coated with the dressing.

Add Additional Ingredients:

  • Add halved cherry tomatoes, roasted peanuts, dried shrimp (if using), green beans (if using), and shredded carrot (if using) to the salad. Toss everything together to combine.

Adjust Seasoning:

  • Taste the salad and adjust the seasoning if needed. You can add more fish sauce, lime juice, or sugar according to your preference.


  • Transfer the Som Tum to a serving plate and garnish with additional cherry tomatoes, lime wedges, and cilantro.

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