Tam Mahk Houng - Lao Papaya Spicy Salad
2 cups shredded papayas
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon shrimp paste
1/4 tablespoon crab, paste
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 scant teaspoon msg (optional)
1 tablespoon fermented fish (padek optional)
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice
6 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Using a large mortar and pestle and pound garlic and chilies together.
Add shrimp and crab paste and continue pounding.
Add papaya than add the rest of the ingredients and use a spoon to help mix ingredients together.
Taste and adjust to your taste, its should be sweet, sour, salty and hot.