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New Year is just a few days away.

WHERE HAS THIS YEAR GONE TO?!?!?! Like seriously? Just one blink and it’s a brand new year again.

Time really flies huh?

On one hand, i can’t wait till i’m 40 (this spells f.r.e.e.d.o.m coz by then my eldest boy would be in college and my youngest will be in high school! *yayness* errr.. nope, i’m not 39 this year ok!) but on the other, i’m so dreading the fine lines and wrinkles — i’m in denial and i refuse to acknowledge them! :P — and and… my short term memory loss, which is getting worst (think Dory from Finding Nemo!).

This coming year, i promise to treat and love myself a little better. :)

So here it is, something for the healthier and happier (tummy) me.
(after all that festive and holiday feasting, this is a must!!)

Vietnamese Vegan Papaya Salad

(from lovely Anh – a food lover’s journey)
1 green papaya (choose the firm one)
3 carrots, medium size
3 garlic cloves, skinned and crushed finely
2 bird-eye chillis (adjust to taste), crushed finely

Dressing for the papaya mixture: 1 cup white vinegar, ¾ cup sugar
Dressing for the carrot mixture: 4 tablespoons sugar, 6 tablespoons white vinegar
1 cup skinned, roasted peanuts (the unsalted kind) or pistachio, crushed roughly
Salt
1.5 cups or more of fresh herbs: use the mixture of your favourite Asian herbs. I like coriander (cilantro), Thai basil and Vietnamese mint (aka laksa leaves). Washed and leaves picked.

Method

Prepare the green papaya first. Remove the skin, then cut the fruit in half. Remove the white seeds, then shred the papaya as thin as you can. Soak the shredded papaya in acidulated water to remove some of the natural latex for 30 mins.

Now, onto the carrot – peel off the skin and shredded the carrot just like you do with the papaya. Add the sugar and vinegar mixture (4 tablespoons sugar, 6 tablespoons white vinegar) and a pinch of salt to the carrot. Toss well, taste and set aside.

Drain the papaya well. Combine the dressing with the garlic, chilli and a pinch of salt. Toss through the papaya mixture. Taste (it should be quite strong in flavours).

Leave the papaya and carrot mixtures to rest for an hour or so.

Meanwhile, prepare the herbs by cut the leaves roughly.

To prepare the salad mixture, gently squeeze the dressing out of the papaya and carrot mixtures. You want a moist mixture in the end, so don’t squeeze too hard. Mix the carrot and papaya together. Now, taste the mixture – it should have that sweet-sour balance (more on the sweet side). Adjust with the dressing.

When it’s ready to serve, toss through the herbs and peanuts. This kind of salad keeps for a while. Enjoy!

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Not sure about you but there’s something about spicy and sourish food that makes my mouth waters every time i think or see it and that is so happening right this moment. Haha!

I’m sending this entry to Delicious Vietnam, hosted this month by Indonesia Eats (founded by A food lover’s journey and Ravenous Couple).

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Have a Wonderful & Happy New Year everyone!!

May next year be a better year for all of us! :)

Stay healthy and be happy!
(yup, that’s all i need for now)

xoxo

22 Responses to “Vietnamese Papaya Salad – Delicious Vietnam”

  1. Happy New Year to you and your family!!! :D I love salads..any salads!! I can eat ‘grass’ all year long but i MUST have my bread..hahaha..and chocolate..and dessert…LOL! Love your papaya salad..and i have to say that your photography skills are awesome! i have to learn a thing or two from you..i only just know how to point and shoot..LOL!..all the talks about the aperture thingy gives me a headache…

  2. What a wonderfully refreshing salad. Love the lighting in your photo.

  3. What a refreshing and delicious salad!
    Happy New Year!

  4. Hi, this looks so nice! I ve never tried including papaya in a salad, but the combination looks beautiful, so will do next time ;-) Happy New year!

  5. There’s nothing wrong with turning 40. That’s just 5 months away for me! And fine lines & wrinkles are yet to appear, though a few sexy greys have popped up in my fringe!
    Happy New Year, young lady! xx

  6. faiithy : how wonderful! we are quite alike! now i can go Sushi Tei with u and just order their Sashimi Salad without worrying about what u might think! hahhahahah.. let’s do a salad lunch next time! can, i teach u how to take better photos and u teach me how to make all the pretty cakes k?? ^_^

    xiaolu : thanks dear, it’s natural lighting ;)

    angie : thank you and Happy New Year to you too!

    barida : it’s my first as well! i have never thought of green papaya as part of salads but it’s really quite good! Happy New Year to you too!

    john : WHAT? 5 months to 40 and no wrinkles & fine lines?!?! how UNFAIR! but man, i totally with u on the sexy greys.. those are sexy, for men that is. hahahhaaa!!

    Happy New Year to you too John!

  7. Refreshing start to the new year!

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  8. A great start to a healthy New Yr! That looks so refreshing n colorful.
    Wish you an awesome New Yr dear!!

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  10. thank you for visiting my blog! your photos are always gorgeous!

    guess what? i’ve also been a silent reader of your blog for some time now! thanks for making the first move :D

    i hope you have a very happy new year and may 2011 be prosperous for you and your family :D all the best and looking forward to your posts in the coming year :D

  11. You take such achingly beautiful pictures!! You make me hang my head in shame……very lovely blog and again, beautiful beautiful photos!

  12. I’m so glad that you posted this… seriously.. I’ve been looking for the recipe for a long, long time. I had it once, and could never remember the name or the ingredients, but I loved it.

    Happy New Year!

  13. I have always wondered if time rushes as fast for everyone else as it does for me. To me, first quarter of 2011 is already gone before it has a chance to begin….the salad looks wonderful especially after the feasting over the holidays!

  14. oh yes, this looks like something we girls absolutely love! sweet, sour and very very yummy!

  15. great photo with nice play with shapes and colors. a pity coriander looks a little dead.

  16. tigerfish + prerna : hope u ladies had a blast on New Year’!

    grub : heheheheee.. someone has to do the ‘dirty’ job eh? am glad i did. Hahahahaa!!

    pleasure monger : don’t say that! u take lovely lovely photos too! otherwise, how to have so many hits in one year right? ^_^

    bailey : *smile* for extra flavour, do add a dash or two of fish sauce. makes a whole lot of diffference! but it won’t be a vegan salad then.

    shirley : oh my, same here!! my first quarter of the year also all planned out already. but i’m looking forward to it, esp for March’s plan! ^_^

    crustabakes : hahhahaa! yes, couldn’t agree more!

    singapore food lover : grin. man, u ARE observant! as much as i tried, i couldn’t revive the poor 2 days old coriander that had been sitting in the fridge.

  17. This looks so refreshing! Very beautiful photos as always.
    Thanks for all the mmm entries, they are fabulous :)
    Happy new year my friend!

  18. your salad looks so gorgeous and refreshing. Happy new year!

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  21. This is wonderful. I always wanted to make a papaya salad and I absolutely love anh’s blog too! Good jin on the post and the pics

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