Sweet Potato “Som Tam”

Sweet Potato “Som Tam”

Recipe |

20 min, plus 1 hour marination Preparation Time |

0 min Cooking Time |

Sweet Potato “Som Tam”

Sweet Potato “Som Tam”

Recipe |

20 min, plus 1 hour marination Preparation Time |

0 min Cooking Time |

About this recipe

The popular Northern Thai dish som tam — green papaya salad — is a bright, crunchy, sweet-sour-spicy salad that’s stimulating and refreshing in equal measure. This salad takes advantage of raw sweet potatoes’ texture (similar to green papaya) to deliver the dressing’s addictive combination of flavors. The key is a balance of acidity, sweetness, and umami.

Note: The dressing is best made in a large mortar, pounding the solid ingredients into a wet paste and then whisking in the liquids. If you’re pressed for time, you can pulse everything together in a food processor or use an immersion blender, but a mortar and pestle will extract more flavor. If you’re averse to spicy food, reduce the chilies to one or none. Be sure to use sweet potatoes, not yams (which are completely different plants and not great raw). 

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