Spicy Thai Green Papaya Salad

One of the reasons why I feel so excited when I get off the plane anywhere I travel is food. That’s something anyone would love to try and share with. I am an apprentice when it comes to traveling but I have tasted so many varieties of foods from different countries and even continents. I love thinking the fact that food is a universal happiness.

“Food is Life” hashtag is a cliche in different social media platforms. Talking about food, I have had so many favorites in my previous trips from countries I have been to and places within my country. There are too many of them that right now makes my mouth water. Starting with the foods being sold at the street to the foods being served in the restaurants. Everything is different from each other; from preparation to serving the food.

But there is one food that’s promoted by Tourism Authority at the airport in Thailand that caught our attention while we were on our way to the train station. It was visually appealing and a must try food they said. It was on our 5th day in the country when we decided to give this a try. We went to this small restaurant and ordered Spicy Thai Green Papaya Salad or also known as Som Tam in their language. The price was considerably cheap at 90 baht. The menu was written in Thai language so we asked the waiter to describe what’s in Som Tam but we failed to get a clear answer. It was okay. We still proceeded with the order because we wanted to try.

We were excited while we waited. When it arrived on the table without smelling it yet, I said, wow!! Looks inviting, really! First, I took a picture of it for documentation purposes (haha). Everyone does it nowadays. Then, I started to mix it up with the rest of the ingredients. It smelled salty. I realized, all ingredients were RAW. Raw beans, raw papaya strips, raw crabs, raw string beans, with fish sauce and peanuts at the bottom. It was spicy too and it helped give some kick of appetizing taste on the plate. Maybe there were more additional ingredients but I am not familiar to them anymore.

Taste? Hmmm… It’s something not very familiar to my taste buds and it’s extraordinary. I have tasted numerous dishes with raw ingredients but this is very uncommon. I love the especially crisp peanuts under papaya strips and the fresh tomato slices, that’s it. This so far, is the food that I will never forget in Bangkok. Everything else is awesome in the country. Anyone who is traveling soon to Bangkok and has a brave soul must try this. Nothing to lose, just an additional spice and adventure in this world’s called life.


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