Spicy Thai Papaya Salad (Som Tum) Recipe

The blend of ingredients in this beloved Thai salad,gives it a zing that keeps you coming back for more. Just as well it's so easy to make!

This recipe is straight out of Thailand: from the kitchen of OPEN}, DoubleTree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit‘s signature restaurant.

Prep time: 10 minutes


  • 20g palm sugar
  • 120g raw papaya, julienned
  • 30g carrot, julienned
  • 30g cherry tomatoes
  • 3g garlic
  • 3 chillies
  • 10g peanuts
  • 5g fish sauce


  1. Using a pestle and mortar, pound garlic and chilli.
  2. Add in papaya, carrots and peanuts. Keep pounding to crush chillies and peanuts, and to extract juices of papaya and carrots.
  3. Season with palm sugar and fish sauce.

Tip: The Thais traditionally pair som tum with glutinous rice. Alternatively, add rice noodles to som tum, making it a more substantial meal.