Nom du du bo kho (Green papaya Slad with Beef Jerky) is not only eaten in daily meal but also one of the most favorite snacks & sold in many restaurants and street vendors.

Vietnamese green papaya salad comes in two guises & one of them features earthy beef jerky và heady thai basil (hung que). The other version of green papaya salad is southern Viet và has shrimp, pork & rau ram herb. A northern Viet favorite, green papaya salad made with beef jerky includes slivers of smoked liver & on occasion, lung too. In Hanoi"s Old Quarter, I recall a little street full of green papaya salad vendors. 



Ingredients (Serves 4 to 6)

2 tablespoons regular (light) soy sauce

2 tablespoons dark soy sauce

1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons Sriracha hot chili sauce, or 1 or 2 thai or serrano chiles, finely chopped

1 green papaya, about 2 pounds

1 teaspoon sugar

2 một nửa teaspoons salt

4 ounces homemade Vietnamese beef jerky or Asian-style beef jerky, cut into strips with scissors to match papaya pieces (about 1 cup total)

1/4 cup shredded fresh bầu basil leaves




1. To lớn make either dress dressing, in a small bowl, stir together all of the ingredients, stirring until the sugar dissolves. If guests are chile heat sensitive, leave the Sriracha out & serve some on the side. Mix the dressing aside to develop the flavors.

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2. Peel the papaya with a vegetable peeler và then cut off the stem. Halve the papaya lengthwise & use a spoon lớn scoop out và discard the seeds. Cut each half lengthwise into quarters, and then use a knife (or grapefruit knife or melon baller) khổng lồ remove the thin trắng layer lining the cavity. Using a Japanese Benriner slicer or a food processor fitted with the largest shredder blade, shred the papaya pieces. Aim for thin strands about 1/16 inch thick, no more than 3/16 inch wide, & 2 50% to 3 inches long (about the form size of the shredded mozzarella you put on a pizza).

3. Put the shredded papaya in a colander, showroom the sugar & 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt, và use both hands lớn massage the sugar and salt vigorously into the papaya. After a few minutes, the papaya will be a little slimy và limp yet still firm. At that point, rinse it under lots of cold running water lớn remove the salt và sugar.

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4. Working in batches, wring out excess moisture from the papaya in a nonterry dish towel: position a mound of the papaya in the center, roll it up in the towel, and then twist the ends in opposite directions to lớn force out the liquid. Vày this 3 or 4 times. You want to lớn extract enough water from the papaya yet not completely crush it. Transfer the papaya lớn a large bowl và fluff it up khổng lồ release it from its cramped state.

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5. Just before serving, địa chỉ the beef jerky và Thai basil khổng lồ the green papaya và toss to distribute evenly.