Nom Du Du Bo Kho (Green Papaya Salad With Beef Jerky


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.