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Papaya Salad | Sômtam | ส้มตำLearn Thai | Spicy Thai Papaya Salad

We are pleased to present this dish so you will recognize it and hopefully try it in the future. Sôm tam or Spicy Papaya Salad is a classic Traditional Thai food, commonly associated with the NE (Isaan) area but served all over Thailand including sidewalk shops.

Sômtam is typically prepared three different ways.

> It can be “Sômtam Thai” which has peanuts mixed in, “Sôm tam Bpu:” which has small pickled crabs pounded in, or

> “Sômtam Lao sài pla: rá:” which includes the juice of pickled mud-fish.


Sômtam is eaten as a snack as a salad any which way you eat it is often very very hot so watch out!!!



Papaya salad           sômtam               ส้มตำ

Papaya                     má-lá-gor:              มะละกอ

Spicy                         pèd /rót –jàd        เผ็ด /รสจัด

Isaan (north east in thailand)            i:-săn            อีสาน


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