Just thought I would share a recipe for one of my favourite dishes… Green Papaya Salad with Prawns.  My favourite place to eat this dish is a Thai/ Vietnamese restaurant in Stuttgart, just off the Königstraße … they offer from 1-6 chillies hotness, I usually go for 3 which is hot enough for me 🙂

This one comes from Luke Nguyen at sbs.com.au shares a spicy salad recipe, with the bold Thai flavours of chilli, garlic, dried shrimp and fish sauce, pounded together using a mortar and pestle, with fresh snake beans, tomatoes and crunchy grated green papaya.

Preparation

Ingredients

  • 4–5 bird’s-eye chillies
  • 4 baby garlic cloves, skin on
  • 4 snake beans, cut into 3 cm lengths
  • 1 tomato, sliced (or 5 cherry tomatoes, halved)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp dried shrimp (Hint: I prefer with large, succulent king prawns)
  • 1 tbsp liquid palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 200 g shredded green papaya
  • 1 tbsp roasted peanuts

Cook’s notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.

Instructions

Using a large wooden mortar and pestle, pound the chilli. Add the garlic and pound. Add the snake beans and bruise slightly. Add the tomatoes and pound. Add the lime juice and dried shrimp. Continue pounding, gradually adding the palm sugar and fish sauce. Add the papaya. Continue gently pounding while mixing with a spoon for 1 minute.

Transfer to a serving plate. Garnish with crushed peanuts to serve.

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