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Rice noodles papaya salad

Originally from Isan, Northeastern Thailand, it's probably the best known of Thai salads. Traditionally prepared in clay mortar and using a wooden pestle, its recipe is subject to many regional variations. Here is a method full of flavours to prepare this salad without any animal product.

Quantities are given for 1 mortar (1 person as a main course or 2 people as a starter).

1 garlic clove

1 fresh bird's eye chilli

1 snake bean, cut into 3 cm lengths

175 grams green papaya, grated

4 cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise

20 g unsalted peanuts, dry roasted

20 g unsalted pumpkin seeds, dry roasted


2 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons tamarind juice

1 tablespoon coconut sugar

2 tablespoons light soy sauce

100 g fresh rice noodles

Coarsely crush the garlic clove and the bird's eye chilli. Add the snake bean and pound lightly. The purpose is to soften the ingredients, not to puree them. Add the seasoning and mix with the mortar and a large spoon.

Add the green papaya. Using the spoon and pestle, mix and pound to soften. Add the cherry tomatoes and pound lightly, so that they open and release their juice. Taste to adjust the seasoning and transfer to a serving dish with the rice noodles. Garnish with pumpkin seeds and peanuts.

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