Missing Southeast Asia? Make this green papaya salad recipe and fried chicken recipe for the fastest trip to Southeast Asia you can take. There are few dishes that will transport you back to the streets of Southeast Asian cities such as Bangkok, Siem Reap and Luang Prabang than a papaya salad and fried chicken.
If you’re looking for ideas for what to cook for dinner tonight, try this green papaya salad recipe and fried chicken recipe. There are few better matches than green papaya salad and fried chicken and few better dishes to cook right now if you’re dreaming of travelling to faraway places, particularly if you’re longing for Southeast Asia and its fantastic street food.
Make this green papaya salad recipe and fried chicken for the fastest trip to Southeast Asia you can take. There are few dishes like this green papaya salad recipe and fried chicken recipe transport you to the streets of Southeast Asian cities such as Bangkok, Yangon and Phnom Penh than a papaya salad and fried chicken.
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Make This Green Papaya Salad and Fried Chicken to Transport You to Southeast Asia
If you’re missing Southeast Asia, make these green papaya salad and fried chicken recipes to transport you to Southeast Asia.
Cambodian Green Papaya Salad Recipe for Cambodia’s Bok Lahong
This green papaya salad recipe makes Cambodia’s Bok Lahong or Nhoam Lahong, a fragrant, crunchy salad that’s a little funky, spicy, sour, salty, and a tad sweet. Typically eaten as a late afternoon snack, this bespoke Cambodian salad is made to order, and has cousins in Laos (Tum Som), Thailand (Som Tum), and Vietnam (Gỏi Đủ Đủ).
Our Cambodian green papaya salad recipe makes nhoam lahong or bok lahong, a fresh, aromatic, crunchy papaya salad that is a little funky, a little spicy, a little sour, a little salty, and a little sweet.
In other words, it’s a well-balanced salad, and this is arguably what sets it apart from its bolder cousins in Laos (where pounded salads are called Tum Som), Thailand (Som Tam), and Vietnam (Gỏi Đủ Đủ), which are, respectively, a lot funkier, more fiery, and more fragrant.
Typically bought from a papaya salad stall at a market or on the street and eaten as a late afternoon snack, green papaya salads are also eaten in restaurants and made at home. This incredibly delicious and super-easy green papaya salad recipe makes another of Cambodia’s best salads and it’s not only scrummy, it’s also a cinch to prepare.
You’ll need a wooden mortar and pestle to make this papaya salad and other pounded salads, as you want to soften the ingredients or bruise them, you don’t want to pound them to a paste. However, if you only have a stone or granite mortar and pestle, don’t let that prevent you from trying this green papaya salad recipe, just pound very gently.
Cambodian Green Papaya Salad Recipe – How to Make Cambodia’s Bok Lahong
Burmese Fried Chicken Recipe for a Spicy Street Food Snack from Myanmar at Home
This Burmese fried chicken recipe makes one of our favourite dishes from Myanmar, gently spiced fried chicken drumsticks, which are a popular street food snack in Myanmar, and are a perfect match for a green papaya salad.
All over Southeast Asia, finger-licking fried chicken pieces are sold at roadside stalls to take away or eat at plastic tables set up around the stall. Yet when I think of the ultimate green papaya salad and fried chicken recipes, it’s this Burmese fried chicken recipe that comes to mind.
We love our fried chicken. This Belles Hot Chicken Nashville-style Southern fried chicken is a favourite. But the spicy street food fried chicken you get in Southeast Asian cities, such as Bangkok and Yangon, has a special place in our hearts – and stomachs!
While Thai style fried chicken may be better known, Myanmar’s fried chicken is easily as delicious, and this Burmese fried chicken recipe will make you the kind of fried chicken that locals love to tuck into on the streets of Yangon and other cities in Myanmar.
You can marinate the chicken overnight, but six hours is our maximum. Do let the chicken come back up to room temperature before deep-frying it. As our dredge is a one-step process – there are no egg or breadcrumbs – you can place the flour and spices in a plastic bag, add the marinated chicken pieces, and shake the bag to coat.
We like to keep the temperature at around 175°C (350°F), checking with a deep fry thermometer, because if it’s any higher the exterior will brown too quickly before the chicken is cooked through.
While locals use a huge wok for deep-frying, and we do love our woks, we use a deep saucepan set aside just for deep-frying this chicken as it’s well-seasoned. If you deep-fry often it’s worth investing in a dedicated deep fryer as you don’t have to keep adjusting your heat durning cooking. Have a baking sheet with a wire rack ready for the finished pieces to drain on.
While in Myanmar this Burmese fried chicken is often just eaten while strolling the streets, at home it’s a great treat to serve with some homemade sweet chilli sauce or homemade Thai Sriracha sauce. They’re not Burmese sauces, so not authentic, we confess, but they’re delicious with this green papaya salad and fried chicken recipes.
Best Burmese Fried Chicken Recipe for a Spicy Street Food Snack from Myanmar at Home
Please do let us know if you make our green papaya salad and fried chicken recipes in the comments below as we’d love to know how the recipes turn out for you.
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