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Thai Enokitake Mushroom Salad
Location: Pattaya, Thailand
Recipe Style: Salad
Cuisine: Japanese, Thai
Thailand, the land of smiles. To me, Thailand is a country with warm bright sunshine, white sand beaches, countless varieties of tropical fruits, friendly people with soft voices and tasty papaya salad. They are so tasty that can definitely make you cry, or it’s simply because of those tiny but powerful Thai chillies.
Research shows that chilli pepper is a nature mood booster. Spicy food increases serotonin in our brain, which makes us happy. No wonder Thai people are always so cheerful. More than 100 million tourists around the world flock to Thailand every year to boost their happiness in life. My in-laws love Thailand so much, they have been visiting Pattaya in Thailand every year for the past decade.
Who doesn’t love an indulging trip in Pattaya? It’s not only a place for spiritual and cultural believers, but also for landscape explorers, outdoor activities’ lovers, shopaholics, food critics or party animals. Pattaya offers all.
Let’s talk about our eyes tearing spicy Thai papaya salad. (Is it only I confused often between papaya and Pattaya? Or someone else does make the same mistake too.)
Green Papaya salad is originally from Lao according to the wiki but became a Thai national dish somehow over the days. It’s served in almost every Thai restaurant even in Australia and Deutschland. In Pattaya Thailand, yet this refreshing salad is no high end/grommet dish. It’s an affordable popular street food enjoyed by many locals and tourists.
It can’t be easier than whisking a quick papaya salad within few minutes at home. The salad dressing has a delicate but balanced flavour. In Thailand you see street vendors pounding these spicy, sour, sweet and savoury Thai salad dressing in a stone mortar. However, a hand mixer at home works just as good. I used a Nutribullet mixer in this YouTube cooking video. The dressing came out a lot smoother than a regular mixer.
A variety of veggies go great with this salad. Green papaya wasn’t in season at the time. In this recipe I chose enokitake mushrooms and bean sprouts instead, which very common in east Asian cuisine. I did not actually invent this recipe myself. We had it in an unknown Thai restaurant inside of the main train station mall (Breeze Centre) in Taipai. It was served as a side dish came with a bowl of hot noodle soup, which really pleased my hungry tummy.
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