String Bean Som Tam

Thai name: Som Tam Tua Kaek

There are those that would insist that som tam can only be made with green papaya, but in fact Thais have created an almost infinite number of variations on the dish, using a variety of fruits and vegetables. This one offers an interesting way to dress up a simple vegetable like fresh green beans.

String Bean Som Tam
String Bean Som Tam

Ingredients

French / String Beans2 cBlanched
Roasted Peanuts2 TblCrushed
Sugar1 Tbl
Lime Juice3 Tbl(2 limes)
Tamarind Paste2 Tbl(optional)
Mouse dropping chilies6 - 10Minced
Garlic8 clovesMinced
Cherry tomatoes8Quartered
Dried Shrimp2 Tbl(optional)

Preparation Method

  • Blanch the green beans by boiling them for just a minute or two, and then drain them and let them cool.
  • Stir together the lime juice and sugar. It's usually better to set it aside for a few minutes or more to give the juice time to dissolve the sugar. Stir in the tamarind sauce, chilies and garlic.
  • Pour the dressing over the beans and stir to mix lightly, then pour the mixture onto a serving dish.
  • Sprinkle the cherry tomatoes, crushed peanuts and optional dried shrimp over the top.
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