Thai Food: Som Tam Bla Rah! – Spicy papaya salad with fermented fish/crab sauce
1 tomato (sliced)
1 eggplant (sliced)
1 fermented crab
1 handful chopped papaya
1 tbsp. fish sauce
3 tbsp. fermented fish juice (Bla rah)
2 pieces lemon
1 tsp. sugar or palm sugar
Som Tam Instructions:
1. Pound chili peppers and garlic together. Add tomato, eggplant, and fermented crab. Then, mix it with fish sauce, bla rah, lemon, and sugar.
2. Use a pestle to crush and mix all the ingredients together. Starting with garlic, chilies and then the rest.
3. Put papaya in and mix it by pestle or spoon. Now your som tam bla rah is ready to be served.
4. Lay fresh vegetable, cucumber, cabbage, string bean or morning glory for example, on the side. Cucumber is good for taking away some of the spiciness of the chilies. So too is eating each bite with some rice. Eating som tam plain without rice is sacrilegious in Thailand.
Som Tam Tip
Using a pestle to pound and mix the ingredients with papaya makes the sauce get into the papaya better than stirring. It will also make your Som tam juicy!
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