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Som Tam Thai recipe: A classic salad originally from Isaan, Thailand

Whenever I think of Thailand I think of Som Tam salad, but do you know what Cambodia has to offer?

13w ago
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Whenever I think of Thailand I think of this dish. Here I am again with a green papaya staring at me from the fridge begging to be made into Som Tam Thai. It got me thinking – are there similar salads in the neighbouring countries that I should be making just to ring the changes.

It turns out that Cambodia has an absolute wealth of salads with many similarities, but generally they are not as fiery or sweet.

In the research process, I found this amazing website which I was drawn to like a moth to a flame! I highly recommend you sneak a peek at the amazing array of Cambodian salad recipes.

Interestingly the very talented couple who write this website are in the process of writing a substantial cookbook about the food of Cambodia which looks like it is going to be a major authority on the subject. They are having a tough time working on it because of the effects of C19, so if you want to find out more about the project and watch their journey you will find their details on Patreon. I think it is so important to support our artists during this difficult time.

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Comments (6)

  • Sounds good but most ingredients are hard for me to come by

      3 months ago
    • Oh I know the feeling I live in the British countryside so I have to rely on mail order. It’s always frustrating when things don’t arrive or are half dead when they do.

        3 months ago
    • No doubt!

        3 months ago
  • Hello Carol, thank you so much for mentioning us and Cambodian salads. Although I'm sure we're not alone in struggling a bit during these unprecedented times the mention is tremendously appreciated. I so love your recipes and posts here and look forward to making some of your recipes x

      3 months ago
    • Wow great to hear from you I’m glad you’ve found FoodTribe you should post some of you gorgeous recipes

        3 months ago
  • Those chillies, as a rule of thumb are from a variety of birdseye chillies. Yes they're fiery, but I found some similar ones which are equally spicy but more flavourful which, I suspect, are some new cross hybrids. These are grown in farms at the Thai Malaysian border area and many Malay-Thai eateries use this in their local Kerabo Malay salads and dishes. Southeast Asian has an immense variety of ingredients and I keep coming across new ones even after four decades of enjoying the region's offerings. The one that you have there looks really authentic as well.

      3 months ago
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