Green Papaya Salad
  • 2 medium green (unripe) papayas
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 6 small, Thai chili peppers, or 1 jalapeƱo pepper, stemmed
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar, or brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into 2" lengths
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 head Bibb lettuce, leaves removed and washed
  1. Peel, half lengthwise and seed the papayas.
  2. Cut them into long, thin shreds, or shred them in a food processor and set aside.
  3. In a large mortar, combine the garlic and chilis and pound them into bits with a pestle.
  4. Add the sugar and fish sauce and combine with the pestle.
  5. Add the papaya and green beans and pound for about 3 minutes to slightly crush them.
  6. Use a spoon to scrape the sides of the mortar and rotate the mixture as you work.
  7. Add the cherry tomatoes and pound for a minute to release some of their juices.
  8. Stir in the peanuts and lime juice.