I love eating Lao Green Papaya Salad. I even packed a set of mortar and pestle in the suitcase so I can have my monthly dose of Tum Som or Som Tum.

Making Lao Green Papaya Salad.

Making Lao Green Papaya Salad

Warm sticky rice goes great with Lao Green Papaya Salad.

Lao Green Papaya Salad with Sticky Rice

It tastes best with fresh tomatoes. In this case I used wild organic tomatoes.

green papaya salad

green papaya salad

Lao Green Papaya Salad with Sticky Rice

green papaya salad

I am fortunate enough to have found green papaya from Thailand or from other tropical countries here. Nye thinks I eat Som Tum almost daily, as stated in her Som Tum Going Inter post. She is quite right!

A couple recipes for you to try: Lao-Style Papaya Salad by Naret Sihavong of Phuket Thai Restaurant, and my own version of Lao Green Papaya Salad.

Enjoy your Lao Food!