Snacks and sides

Tum som Isaan

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for Tum som Isaan
Tum som Isaan

Gai yang

William Meppem

This shredded papaya salad is popular in the north of Thailand. In Isaan, preserved black soft-shell crab is sometimes added; you can buy it frozen from Thai grocers. This is great served with gai yang and steamed sticky rice.




1.Pound chilli and garlic in a large wooden mortar and pestle (see note) to a paste. Add papaya and beans and pound to combine, folding mixture over with a large metal spoon as you go. Add remaining ingredients, pound and fold to combine, add peanuts, adjust seasoning to taste (should taste hot, sour and salty) and serve.

Note A traditional large wooden mortar and pestle is used for this recipe and is available from some Asian grocers. If unavailable, use a large bowl and a muddle stick.

Drink Suggestion: Aromatic young off-dry riesling. Drink suggestion by Max Allen


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