Who doesn't love papaya salad? Not I! I tried my hand at making papaya salad for the first time. Of course I don't have all the ingredients to make a legitimate Thai papaya salad but I gave it a try and you just can't go wrong with crunchy refreshing green papaya.
Green papaya. I tried a variety of shredding methods from using a shredder, mandoline, and the hand hacking method like this.
The texture was uneven because I tried so many methods but I conclude that the shredder is the easiest way so next time I will only use that.
I don't have authentic fermented fish sauce but I tried using shrimp sauce, crab paste, and seasoned fish sauce in one batch. It wasn't ideal but still ok. The winning combo was shrimp sauce and the seasoned fish sauce.
I didn't have a giant mortar and pestle but I used my salad bowl and just punched the salad with the wooden tossers. Not authentic but still delicious. I will update with this recipe again when I can get my hands on some authentic Thai/Laos fermented fish sauce. Yumms.