Everyone raves about the food in Thailand but to be honest I’ve never been a fan. The dishes I’ve tried abroad and on our brief trip to Bangkok three years ago just didn’t inspire me. Since we’ve been in Thailand this time though, eating has been such a pleasure. We have had some average meals but once we discovered some great, vegetarian friendly places to eat things began to really look up.
This is the classic Thai dish Som Tam, or spicy green papaya salad. I was happy to discover a vegetarian version (without the usual fish sauce and shrimp) at the wonderful vegetarian restaurant Pun Pun in Chiang Mai. Thin slices of green papaya and carrot, green beans, peanuts, cherry tomatoes, lime, garlic and lots of chilli are pounded together in a pestle and mortar to release the flavours. It’s fiery hot and utterly delicious.