Prawn Papaya Salad (Som Tam)

A Recipe for Thai Prawn Papaya Salad, Served with Barbecued Chicken and Sticky Rice.

This is popular throughout Southeast Asia. It is quite simple to make, and therefore an ideal recipe for those just getting started with Thai cooking. It is best served with sticky rice (Khao Neow) and grilled chicken. This can be a little trickier for those just starting out in the kitchen, but it’s always worth a try. After all, practice makes perfect!

Thai Papaya Salad (or Som Tam) is a refreshing, healthy salad that combines sweet, sour, salty, and spicy into one harmonious dish. The main ingredients are shredded green papaya, chopped green beans, tomato, dried prawns, unsalted roasted peanuts, chillies, garlic and lime juice.

This is how we cook it at home…
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Tuk Tuk Foods Online Shop

The Tuk Tuk Foods shop is now online! This means that no matter where you are, you can always enjoy cooking Thai food at home using the finest quality ingredients.

Tuk Tuk Foods produce premium Thai cooking products, may of which have been awarded either a Gold, Silver or Bronze aware by the Guild of Fine Foods. Each of our curry pastes, sauces and dressings are hand-made, freshly prepared and stored in glass bottles, ensuring that you experience the purest and strongest flavours.

We use recipes passed down from over four generations, which Tukata cooks with care and passion. Many of our ingredients are also sourced from local organic farms, helping support British farming and produce.

Take a look around our new online shop and sample some of our luxurious Thai cooking ingredients.

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Thai Fish Cakes

Thai fish cakes are usually eaten as a snack food, or as a side dish to a larger meal, all over Thailand. They are not too fishy in flavour, with strong hints of coriander. However, the flavour is considerably enhanced when eaten with a sweet chilli dip.


  • ½ kg Boneless Fish, minced
  • 1 ½ tbsp Tuk Tuk Foods red curry paste
  • Root of 1 coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tbsp Fish sauce
  • 1 cup Green bean, finely chopped
  • Oil, for deep frying

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The Mai Thai Bistro in Stamford

Since the closing of the Mai Thai Restaurant back in 2000 on Cheyne Lane in Stamford, Tukata has focused on producing her Thai sauces, thus forming Tuk Tuk Foods in 2003.

Mark Lapsley (owner of the popular Green Dragon in Brigstock) had for many years shown his interest in the Tuk Tuk Foods products for his restaurant, creating a range of quality and authentic Thai dishes that wowed his customers.

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New Tuk Tuk Foods Blog

The new Tuk Tuk Foods blog is now live! What does this mean for you? Well, we have launched this blog as a means to create better interaction with our customers. We hope to update this site on a regular basis, informing you of new products and special offers, cooking classes, where you can taste and sample our Thai food and sauces, events we are attending, special cook shows, and providing some delicious authentic Thai recipes for you to try at home.

We still have a lot of work to do, so in the meantime you can connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. If you have any enquiries, please e-mail us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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