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Thursday, 14 June 2007


Joseph E

Where did you find the papaya shredder? I've been using a Japanese mandolin or a cheese grater, but it's really not the same.

I think my Mrs. has the same taste in papaya; we'll have to try your version with the green beans.

BTW, we tried Pho Pasteur tonight be coincidence, not having read Cathy's new post, as we were trying to try Mien Trung and that was closed at 6:30. My wife ended up picking 123A, almost the same item Cathy always gets.


OMG Kirk, I have been jonesin' for papaya salad lately, esp since the weather's getting warmer! Thanks for the recipe--now all I gotta do is go find a papaya shredder and I'm all over it!


I've gotten and seen that style of shredder at most of the groceries around El Cajon Blvd./University. If you don't want to drive, you might find one at Vien Dong. 99 Ranch has also had an orange one shaped more like a typical peeler, (push to peel, rather than pull).


The perfect summer dish! Thanks for the recipe Kirk!

Wandering Chopsticks

Ooooh, I love papaya salad. Made green mango salad recently which tastes pretty similar.

And Tiparos? Everyone knows Three Crabs is the fish sauce brand of choice. ;)


Hi Joseph - In your part of the woods...World Foods has it in the aisle, with all the kitchen nick-knacks.....

Hi Pam - Shouldn't be too hard to find a shredder, they are pretty cheap...though I'm still not convinced that using a mandolin is much different.

Hi Trent - Yes, I've seen these around at every Vietnamese market.

Hi Candice - Thanks! It is a very nice refreshing dish.

Hi WC - oh-oh Fish sauce wars....won't go there. I do use 3 crabs, but not for my papaya salad! I like 3 crabs for cooking.


I love papaya salad, but had never tried an honest-to-goodness papaya shredder before. One more kitchen utensil I must now acquire...


Hi Alan - Well don't let me sway you...because the it's the Missus who says it makes a difference. But I recall a really good SE Asian market on Beretania who had these little handy-dandy devices!

Ken B

I found my shredder at a dollar store. It was sold as a tool to stripe cucumbers.


Green papaya is very nutritious for women - especially nursing mothers. It's great that your missus is craving them!


Hi Liz - Thanks for the info....I think Papaya Salad is just plain good for everyone!

Robert and Ellen

We have been searching the internet for a Green Papaya Salad. We came upon yours 2 months ago. Went to Lee Lee Market down in Chandler, Arizona and got all of your recommended items. We have been in 7th heaven ever since. We make this on Sunday and eat it 3-4 days during the week. We add some shrimp, chicken or scallops, when we want a change. Your recipe is fantastic. Can you share any others with us?
Many many thanks.

Bob and Ellen


Hi Robert and Ellen - I'm glad that you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for letting me know how it turned out. I have a bunch of recipes on the sidebar, maybe you'll find something you'll like to try? Thanks again for taking the time out to comment, I appreciate it.


For the best Som Tom I have found in San Diego, Thai Taste at 70th St and El Cajon's a hole in the wall but the Som Tom there is OUTSTANDING!

By the way, I got my shredder at SF Supermarket on Linda Vista Road in San Diego. It's located at 6935 Linda Vista Road, and the shredder costs $2.59...


Hi Chris - Thanks for the comment, I'll have to check it out. So far, the best I've had was at Sab E Lee in Santee.... when they had salted crab. Nowadays, I prefer mine more Issan/Lao style....kinda funky, though I still make this recipe. Actually, I picked up another shredder a couple of years back... from Thuan Phat (aka Shun Fat/SF) Market in Linda Vista - but it only cost me 99 cents.

Scott Tatum

Hey, Chris. where did you get the Mortar and Pestle you used for your Papaya Salad ??

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