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Thai Enokitake Mushroom Salad Inspired by Papaya Salad with Thai Chilies

Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of life.

Thai Enokitake Mushroom Salad

Location: Pattaya, Thailand
Recipe Style: Salad
Cuisine: Japanese, Thai
Difficulty: Easy

Thai Enokitake Mushroom Salad – Inspired by Thai Papaya Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 2


  • 5 cherry tomatoes, cut to half
  • 6 green beans, cut to 5 cm long
  • 50g bean sprouts,
  • 25g coriander, cut to 5 cm long
  • 50g Enokitake mushrooms, washed and remove the roots

  • Thai salad dressing:
  • 1 chili pepper
  • 2 green beans
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Palm Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • Optional:
  • 2 tablespoons toasted peanuts/pinenuts
  • 1 tablespoon spring onions

  • Extra:
  • hand mixer


  1. To make the Thai salad dressing, cut chillies, green beans to smaller pieces, crash garlic cloves to release the flavour. Beat them generously with a hand mixer, about 1-2 minutes, till fine.
  2. In 1) add lime juice, palm sugar and fish sauce for seasoning. Beat for few more seconds, till completely combined, set aside.
  3. To assemble the salad, in a large bowl add enokitake mushrooms, green beans, cherry tomatoes, bean sprouts and coriander, pour dressing on top and toss generally.
  4. Serve right away or leave in the fridge for later.

Thai chilli is extremely spicy, one is powerful enough for our taste. Mushrooms, green beans and bean sprouts can be cooked in hot water before using for this salad, but be careful that they might lose their fresh texture and flavour.

Thai mushroom salad with green beans and bean sprouts

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.

Thai mushroom salad with green beans and bean sprouts, close shot

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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  1. ChinHi there, thank you for stopping at my blog earlier. I have just changed my blog name and currently have a lot of ideas to work on to make them go live. Nice dishes you have there, I am also twisting the way I prepare the dishes too with the resources I have around me. Stay in touch!
    My old blog name was Gourmet Traveller 88 and now today just changed into my new name: Janet’s Kitchen Lab,

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