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. Leave out the dried shrimp to make it vegan.

String Bean Som Tam
String Bean Som Tam


Servings: 4

2 cup blanced French green beans
1 oz crushed Roasted peanuts
3 tsp Sugar
3 tbsp (2 limes) Lime juice
2 tbsp (optional) Tamarind paste
8 pepper minced Red hot chilis (Thai)
8 cloves Garlic
8 whole quartered Tomatoes
2 grams (optional) Dried shrimp


  1. Blanch the green beans by boiling them for just a minute or two, and then drain them and let them cool.
  2. 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.
  3. Pour the dressing over the beans and stir to mix lightly, then pour the mixture onto a serving dish.
  4. Sprinkle the cherry tomatoes, crushed peanuts and optional dried shrimp over the top.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 483 Calories from Fat 61
Total Fat 7g 10%
Saturated 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 82g 27%
Dietary Fiber 26g 104%
Sugars 9g  
Protein 27g