Green Papaya Salad

For those extra hot August afternoons, try this cool dish for a special treat!

Ingredients:

1 Small green papaya (Peeled and shredded to small thin strips it should measure about two cups)
2 Fresh Thai chili
1 Garlic grove
1/2 Lemon or lime juice-or 1 tablespoons of tamarind paste
1/2 Teaspoon palm sugar
2 Tablespoons fish sauce
1/4 Cup toasted peanut crust
1/4 Cup wage rip tomato
2 Tbs Dry shrimp–Optional

Preparation:

Using a pestle and mortar, crush the toasted peanuts, then remove from mortar and set aside. Next,
crush the chili, shrimp (optional) and garlic in the mortar and then add sugar, lime or lemon juice, fish sauce, tomato, papaya and half of the crushed toasted peanuts. Gently pound everything together until it is mixed well. Place the mixture on a serving dish and sprinkle the remaining peanut crust on top. Serve at room temperature or cold with an optional lettuce garnish.

He loved it:

“Recently, I decided to prepare a special meal for my girlfriend. Since she really enjoys Asian food, I went to PJ’s market looking for some great ideas. PJ was really helpful, she gave me her own recipe for a Thai curry chicken served with a cold papaya salad. I was able to get almost all the ingredients I needed for the meal at PJ’s, plus some advice on how to prepare everything. My girlfriend was seriously impressed, and I owe it all to PJ! Thanks!”

– Ty Moore

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