Saturday, December 11, 2010

Som Tam Talay ส้มตำทะเล Green Papaya Salad With Grilled Seafood

Day 15 of our carbless diet - I hope everyone is enjoying the Thai dishes because we certainly are over at the tummies'. This Issarn classic is best served with some steamed sticky rice but for us dieter this makes a wonderful meal on its own. After weeks of Mediterranean dishes, Thai food sure was a refreshing change for us. I will end my very short Thai affair with another delicious Thai dish so please come back again to check it out tomorrow! 
P.S For my green papaya salad with grilled prawns, click HERE.

serves 2 as a one dish meal or 4 as part of a Thai meal
you'll need;
1 medium size green papaya (yield 2 1/2 cups), peeled and shredded
4 large prawns, grilled
6 mussels, scrubbed and removed beards, grilled and removed one half of the shell
250g of tuna, grilled briefly and sliced
12 scallops, grilled
6 long beans, cut into 5 cm lenghts
11/2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
6 to 10 bird chilies (adjust to your liking)
5 garlic cloves
2 tbs of palm sugar
2 to 3 tbs of fish sauce
juice of half a lime
a handful of dried shrimp
a handful of crushed peanuts

Some of the ingredients needed.

Peel the unripe papaya and shred it with a corrugated peeler. If you don't have such a peeler do it the traditional way -  make long shallow cuts lengthwise on the fruit and then shave the cut flesh off.

Pound chilies, garlic and palm sugar in a mortar and pestle, slowly add in the dried shrimps and continue to pound. Add long bean and bruise it lightly.

Next add in the shredded green papaya and continue to (gently) pound (I replaced the pestle with a wooden rolling pin at this stage). Slowly add in the fish sauce, tomato wedges and peanuts. More crushing and mixing. Mix well and check for seasonings. It should taste hot, sour, sweet and salty. Adjust to your liking.

Grill seafood in batches, be careful not to overcook them.

Divide som tam and serve immediately with grilled seafood. 


  1. This has to be the best som tam I have ever seen. Looking forward to your post tomorrow!

  2. that looks soooper good..fantastic clicks again..
    Tasty appetite

  3. Hi,
    Stumbled on your blog from my mom's at I love seafood and this recipe looks so great! Who knew a carbless diet would look so good ;)

  4. I wish I lived closer, so I could easily stop by! This looks totally mouthwatering!

  5. 哇好多海鮮呀!可真是色香味俱全的一道菜。

  6. I have yet to try green papaya. I don't like ripe papaya, but this looks amazing!

  7. Good morning! I am off to the market soon and I will try to find some green papaya for looks fabulous!

  8. That looks like an awesome som tam!! YUMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. What a treat your seafood som tam is! I can't stress enough how well you guys cook and eat!

  10. stay here forever n do not want to move back until u feed me till full; haha.... 怕吗?

  11. sedapnyer tummy.. campakkan saya sebijik betik! kat sini takde yg muda.. huhuu

  12. Love the addition of grilled seafood!

  13. Such an appealing looking salad!
    Great ingredients!

    Big hugs!
    B xx

  14. Hi! I'm interested with your peeler. Where did you buy it. Very difficult to find it in KL.


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