Yam Apun (apple salad)

About this recipe: This is a tasty salad that is similar to the flavors of som tam (green papaya salad), but the apples add a nice crunch and sweet/sour flavor. Try to find sour and crisp green apples like Granny Smith.

Wiley Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon), Thailand

Ingredients

Serves: 4 

  • 3 small cloves garlic
  • 3 each Thai chillies
  • 1 each small lime, cut into quarters
  • 1/4 cup yard beans, cut into 2 cm lengths
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind juice
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried shrimp
  • 5 each cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts, whole
  • 1/4 cup carrot, jullienned
  • 2 each sour and crisp apples, like Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into wedges

Directions

Prep:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

  1. In a ceramic mortar and pestle (used for making som tam), pound the garlic and Thai chillies until chunky. Add the lime quarters and yard beans and smash a couple times until well bruised. Add the tamarind juice, palm sugar and dried shrimp and smash until the palm sugar has been worked in.
  2. Add the cherry tomatoes, fish sauce, peanuts and carrots and smash a bit more until the tomatoes are bruised. Add the apple wedges and toss all together in the mortar with a spoon until all is mixed.
  3. Place the salad on a plate and serve.

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