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Good morning everyone! Today we are of on a great 4 day scooter adventure, me, Chris and our newfound friend David are heading north of Chiang Mai towards the burmese boarder. Our first stop is a small hippie town called Pai and everyone that has been there cant stop raving about it – exciting!

I also had a terrible realization yesterday, i haven written any – not a single one! – thai food recipe here and I call myself a chef.. Shame on me! I absolutely adore thai cooking with all its flavors and that most dishes are prepared under 30 minutes is such a bonus! Here you have a photo of yesterdays lunch, papaya salad.


This is my absolute favorite dish in the Thai cuisine, so fresh and crunchy it really satisfies all cravings with sweet, spicy and sour flavors. It’s also really easy to make at home and will take you all about five minutes to prepare. This recipe serves two peeps.

200 g green unripe papaya (peeled and grated into thin strips (cucumber, carrot or melon can be substituted or added)
3 cloves of garlic
5 birds eye chillies (or less)
2 long green beans (cut into 2 cm pieces)
1 tomato (cut in half and sliced)
30 ml fish sauce
30 ml lime juice
a pinch of palm sugar
15 ml anchovy sauce (optional)
5 g dried shrimps (optional)
30 g peanuts (roasted)

Put the garlic, chillies and long beans into a mortar and pound roughly. Add the papaya and pound again to bruise the ingredients. Then add the dried shrimps, fish sauce, lime juice and palm sugar and stir together using the pestle and a spoon until the palm sugar has melted. Add the anchovy sauce and tomatoes and pound to combine. Then add the peanuts and mix together. Enjoy!

Author: wholezome

~ Karolina Berglund Chef, Traveller & soon to be Health Coach

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