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Authentic Thai Recipe for Spicy Mixed Fruit Salad

Authentic Thai recipe for Spicy Mixed Fruit Salad

Spicy Mixed Fruit Salad

ส้มตำผลไม้ ( Som Tum Pon La Mai )

Added on August 27, 2015

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Yield: 2 - 4 servings
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Ready in: 10 Minutes

This delicious Thailand-style fruit salad can be made with many different types of fruit. In this version we used big juicy chunks of Guava, green Apple, Pineapple, Rose Apple, seedless Grapes, and cherry Tomatoes. It's quite simple to make, and is a very nice and completely authentic Thai dish to serve for lunch or with a meal. The salad dressing has a delicious sweet and sour flavor with just a hit of hot chili. You can add more chili, or leave it out entirely to suit your own particular tastes.

Ingredient List:
What's in our Spicy Mixed Fruit Salad.

Basic Directions:
How we make our Spicy Mixed Fruit Salad.

1) Cut the fruit into bite-sized pieces.

2) Pound the dried shrimp in a mortar until flaky, then grind them together with the hot chilies until the chilies are well broken up. Mix in the fish sauce, sugar and lime juice. Keep pounding until the sugar dissolves and the dressing is smooth and creamy.

3) Toss the fruits together in a large bowl. Gently stir in the dressing until the fruit is well coated. Serve with lime wedges, garnish with fresh mint.

Click Here for a detailed step-by-step method.
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How to Make Som Tum Pon La Mai

Detailed Step-by-step Method:

Step 1

Use this recipe to make a delicious fruit salad with a variety of fruits. Here we used a Granny Smith apple, green Guava, Rose Apple, Pineapple, Cherry Tomatoes, and seedless Black Grapes, but you can use whatever you have on hand. For best results, use fruit that is still very firm, or not quite as ripe as you might normally want it to be.

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Spicy Mixed Fruit Salad - Step 1

Step 2

Cut your fruit into bite-sized pieces. If using grapes, leave them whole. If using cherry tomatoes, just cut them in half, but if using a large tomato cut it into cubes like the rest of the fruit. Squeeze about 3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice.

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Spicy Mixed Fruit Salad - Step 2

Step 3

A traditional Thai fruit Som Tum will be on the spicy side, so we use 4 - 5 Thai hot chilies. You can leave the chilies out if you want, or use more for a very spicy salad.

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Spicy Mixed Fruit Salad - Step 3

Step 4

The small dried white shrimp are an important ingredient in Som Tum. They are not fishy, they taste like shrimp and add a nice flavor when blended with the chili, salty fish sauce, and coconut sugar. Pound them using a mortar and pestle until they become a little flaky and broken up.

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Spicy Mixed Fruit Salad - Step 4

Step 5

Add the chilies to the shrimp and continue grinding both until the chilies are well broken. The finer you grind the chilies, the spicier the dressing will be.

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Spicy Mixed Fruit Salad - Step 5

Step 6

Add the sugar, fish sauce, and lime juice to the chili and shrimp mixture, and use the pestle to mash them all together into a smooth and creamy paste.

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Spicy Mixed Fruit Salad - Step 6

Step 7

Keep stirring and mashing until all the the sugar is dissolved.

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Spicy Mixed Fruit Salad - Step 7

Step 8

Toss all the fruits together until we blended, then stir in the dressing until everything is thoroughly coated.

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Spicy Mixed Fruit Salad - Step 8

Step 9

Arrange the fruit on a small plate so the different types of fruit are evenly distributed, then garnish with a couple of lime wedges and a sprig of mint.

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Spicy Mixed Fruit Salad - Step 9

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