This is another of the many somtams of Thailand which is believed to have originated in Laos. Most western people think of the somtam as being a green papaya salad but this is really only a type. Somtam refers to the style of preparation and to the dressing used for the salads. So Tampolamai is a specific somtam and truly a fruit salad with a difference. There is no added oil but it has elements of savoury, sweet , sour and spicy.

The edges between desert fruits and savoury fruits are quite blurred in Asia compared to western conventions. Both have the right idea and neither are wrong.




Ingredients:

Firm fruits
  • Green papaya; julienned
  • Jack fruit: segments (pitted)
  • Lychees(pitted)
  • Rambutans(pitted)
  • Just ripened Honey tomatoes or some other cherry style tomato

Soft fruits:
  • tangerines,
  • Grapes,
  • Mango
  • Mangosteens (pitted)

Basically any fruits available may be used in this salad

Other fruits:
  • Bird's eye chillies (1 or 2)

Other ingredients;
  • Palm Sugar
  • Lime juice (of one or two small fruit)
  • Fish sauce

Method:
  1. Pound the chillie(s) in an earthenware mortar and a wooden pestle with a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice
  2. Add some green papaya julienned and pound this to bruise it.
  3. Add a teaspoon of fish sauce. Add halved miniature tomatoes. Pound a few seconds more turning the contents with a spoon.
  4. Tip the contents into a larger bowl and add a tablespoon of sugar and mix.
  5. Add the other fruits and a teaspoon (max) of white vinegar.
  6. Mix and taste.
  7. Make adjustments with Juice/sugar/fish sauce to your own liking.