This dish is popular throughout South East Asia, mostly for its complexity of flavors, but I think you’ll love it for the skin- brightening benefits, too. With papaya’s skin-healing vitamin C and A, which reduce inflammation and encourage skin healing; tomatoes’ skin protecting lycopene, which acts like internal SPF; shrimp’s rejuvenating protein; and cabbage’s antioxidants, this salad will help keep skin even toned and age spot free.
3 cloves garlic
2 to 3 Thai chillies
1/2 teaspoon dried small shrimp
1 tablespoon palm sugar
1 1/2 cup green papaya, julienned or cut thin slices
1/4 cup Chinese long beans, cut in 2 inches
2 to 3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon tamarind
1 tablespoon lime juice
4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
Crushed roasted peanuts, to taste
Green cabbage, shredded, to serve
- Place the garlic, Thai chilies, dried shrimp, and palm sugar into a tall mortar and begin to break down with the pestle.
- Add in the green papaya, long beans, fish sauce, tamarind, and lime juice and continue to bruise with the pestle, being sure to keep the salad crunchy, not limp from over-pounding.
- Top with the cherry tomatoes. Adjust the seasonings as desired, for a balance of sweet, sour, and salty. Allow the mixture to sit for 8 to 10 minutes in the dressing.
- Place in a bowl and garnish with the crushed peanuts. Serve with a side of green cabbage.