Carrot Som Tam

Shredded carrot most closely matches the texture, if not the colour or flavour, of green papaya. This recipe is similar to one that has proved successful at the restaurant chain in Thailand where I used to work, and also utilizes ingredients easily found outside of the country. You can of course substitute fresh string beans for the long beans.

For the photo, I left out the dried shrimp, since I don't think they add anything to the dish and didn't want to buy a big bag of them for this one dish. By leaving out the shrimp and using soy sauce in place of fish sauce, you can easily make this dish vegetarian.

Carrot Som Tam
Carrot Som Tam


Carrot50 g / ½ cShredded
Large cucumber20 g / ¼ cShredded
Garlic10 g / 1 tsp
Mouse Dropping Chilies1 tspChopped
Long beans¼ c
Tomato1 - 2 smallQuartered
Fried peanuts1 Tbl
Fish sauce2 Tbl
Lime juice1 Tbl
Palm sugar5 g / ½ tsp
Dried prawn20 g / 1 Tbl

Preparation Method

  • Pound the garlic and chillies in a mortar and pestle. Add fish sauce, lime juice, palm sugar, fried peanuts, long beans, and tomato. Pound until almost shattered.
  • Add shredded carrot, shredded large cucumber and dried shrimp. Mix well to combine.
  • Transfer the salad to a serving plate. Serve with more long beans and carrot sticks.

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