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Som Tam Laos (Laos Papaya Salad)

Zone Northeast

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Som Tam Laos (Laos Papaya Salad)


Som Tam Laos is a papaya salad adapted from Laos, the menu varies up to each community. The main ingredient is the fermented fish and papaya. The difference named called is to differentiate between Thai and Laos papaya salad.  Formerly is known as “Tam Mak Hung.”


Nutrition Facts

Som Tam Laos contains mineral from various vegetables and ingredients. The papaya enzyme, is a useful digestive aid. Lime juice, tomatoes and chilies are high in Vitamin C. Thai garlic help increase the growth of tissue and protein from the fermented fish prevent the formation of Saturated fat or cholesterol.



  • 120 grams cup shredded green papaya
  • 30 grams cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 10 grams ripe olive
  • 25 grams long bean sliced in small chunks
  • 8 bird eye chilies
  • 5 grams cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon boiled fermented fish




Zone Northern


    Background Mangoes are easy to find in every season. Tam-ma-muang or tum-bak-muang is traditional dish of spicy salad with mango as the main ingredient. For tasty flavor, we will add more boiled fermented fish ( namplaraa ) and dried shrimp together. Moreover it goes well with fresh or soft boiled vegetables.   Nutrition facts Raw mango is one of the healthiest fruits. It is beneficial in treating blood disorders because of its vitamin C. Consuming raw mango increases the elasticity of the blood vessels, helps in the formation of new blood cells and also prevents bleeding of the gums, bad odour and tooth decay.Furthermore it helps in building the healthier immune system of the body keeping away from cancer.   Ingredients 2oo gramsraw mango, peeled and sliced 5 roasted dried bird’s eye chilies 5 grams Thai garlic, peeled 1 tablespoon of palm sugar 2 tablespoons of dried shrimp 2 tablespoons of boiled fermented fish ( namplaraa )      


Zone Northern


    Background Khai-Kwam is traditional recipe of local people in Northern Thailand. Using duck eggs is highly recommended as the larger size than chicken eggs and the shells are harder to crack. It will make your dish look more appetizing.   Nutrition facts Being rich in many vitamins and minerals, this makes duck eggs beneficial in reducing blood pressure. Pork is well known for a highly-protein source. Garlic enhances the growth of tissue in our body.   Ingredients 3 duck eggs 2 chicken eggs 200 grams minced pork 1 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped 1 teaspoon grounded pepper ½ tablespoon coriander, thinly sliced ½ tablespoon spring onion, thinly sliced ½ teaspoon salt vegetable oil        


Zone South


    Background The South part has a huge coastline, fish and seafood are major food of everyday consumption and Pla-Insee-Kem is one kind of food preservation for longer keep. This recipe is delicious by its condiments as mixing shallots, fresh chilies and lime juice together similar to spicy salad flavor.   Nutrition facts Being high in protein and rich in many vitamins and minerals is main benefit of fish. It has all the essential amino acids necessary for the growth and maintenance of our bodies. Eating dried salty fish, we should add spicy flavor with lime juice, chopped shallots and fresh chilies to reduce saltiness. Shallot has the high content of antioxidant compounds and helps prevent from heart diseases, heart attacks and strokes.   Ingredients 100 grams fried salted fish 30 grams shallot, sliced 3 grams bird’s eye chili, chopped 1 tablespoon lemon juice ½ teaspoon sugar