Green Papaya Salad or Khmer Bok Lahong

January 15, 2023  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Green Papaya Salad or Khmer Bok Lahong

Green Papaya Salad, also known as Khmer Bok Lahong, shares similarities with the Thai recipe called Thai Som Tam. This easy-to-make dish requires only a handful of ingredients, offering the flexibility to adjust the flavor according to personal taste preferences. The primary ingredient is one pound of shredded green papaya, providing a crisp and refreshing base for the salad.

The flavorful dressing is created by pounding garlic, Thai chilies, lime juice, dried shrimps, and long beans in a deep mortar and pestle until a paste-like consistency is achieved. Additional components include salty baby crabs, Tuk prahok or cooked prahok (adjustable to taste), sliced tomatoes, fish sauce, and optional palm sugar, added at the end if desired. The salad is garnished with 1 to 2 tablespoons of crushed roasted peanuts, providing a delightful crunch.

To serve Green Papaya Salad, it is recommended to accompany it with fresh cabbage, saw leaves, or any variety of lettuce. This adds a complementary texture and enhances the overall dining experience. The result is a vibrant and flavorful dish that captures the essence of Khmer cuisine. Whether enjoyed as a light lunch or a side dish, this salad offers a delightful combination of textures and tastes, showcasing the versatility of green papaya in Cambodian culinary traditions.


1 lb of Shredded green papaya (450 gram)
5 Salty baby crabs from the Asian store break apart
2 tablespoon of lime juice
2 Thai chilies
1 to 2 tablespoon of Tuk prahok or cooked prahok (more or less up to you)
2 tablespoon of dried shrimps
1 liced of tomato or cherries tomatoes
2 long beans cut to 1 inch long
1 tablespoon of fish sauce more or less up to you
3 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon of palm sugar ( this is optional) put it last if you need it
1 to 2 tablespoon of crust roasted peanut for garnish

Directions to make Green Papaya Salad or Khmer Bok Lahong

  1. In a deep mortar Pestle pound the garlic, chilies, to paste
  2. Now add shredded green papaya, lime juice dried shrimps, and long bean, pound it until it is soft
  3. Then add the rest of the ingredients taste for salty, sour and spicy according to your taste. Garnish with crush peanut.

Serve with fresh cabbage, Saw leaves and lettuce of any kind

Thank you and enjoy it.

Related Recipe: Thai Nam Prik or Cambodian Tuk Kapi

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Calories Per Serving: 925

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏125g 45%
Cholesterol ‏315mg 105%
Total Fat ‏33g 42%
Saturated Fat ‏19g 95%
Dietary Fiber ‏14g 50%
Protein ‏48g 96%
Sodium ‏4182mg 182%
Sugars ‏61g 122%


30 min


30 min




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