Famous Thai green papaya salad
5 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 chillies, finely sliced
1 tablespoon dried shrimp*
1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce*
1 clove garlic
2 cups shredded green papaya (can be purchased at Asian supermarkets pre-shredded)
1 lime, juiced
1 1/2 tablespoons palm sugar
2 tablespoons toasted peanuts, optional
*For vegetarians: omit dried shrimp and substitute fish sauce for soy sauce.
Crush garlic in a heavy bowl. Add chilli and crush lightly to release flavour. Add dried shrimp, fish sauce, lime juice and palm sugar to the bowl. Add green papaya and tomatoes and mix well.
Serve with sticky rice and top with Thai basil.