Asian cooking can be a bit of a pricey affair if it is not routine to your kitchen. Specialty oils, sauces, and sometimes hard to find ingredients can deter even the most determined cook. Personally I think that fish sauce, hoisin, sesame oil, sriracha and so many other ingredients should be as common in a pantry as ketchup and peanut butter.
Green Papaya Salad
1 large Green Papaya - peeled and seeds removed
the juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
1 glove garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/2cup roasted cashews
1/4 cup cilantro rough chopped
Shred the papaya into spaghetti thin strips. (a mandolin is the perfect tool for the job)
in a small bowl whisk together lime, chili sauce, garlic and salt
pour over shredded papaya.
add cashews and cilantro. toss well to coat
You will find many recipes for Green Papaya Salad - if you have the bottles of fish sauce, dried shrimp and Thai chilies on hand try a few different authentic recipes - find one you love. This recipe is not traditional but is delicious, and super for a busy weeknight dinner. Be careful you might just get the kids hooked on trying something new at the same time. Add some grilled chicken strips and you have a meal.
It's so worth making a double batch just to make sure you have left overs for lunch the next day.
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