Traveling through the markets of Thailand, street carts selling Green Papaya Salad, or Som Tum, is a common sight. Experiencing this typical Thai dish for the first time, Chef Dan Long was inspired to bring elements of the recipe back to Colorado.
“This popular dish from the North Eastern part of Thailand combines opposite, but complimentary flavors and textures,” Long says. “It works well because it combines spicy, sour, sweet, soft and crunchy.”After returning from his travels, Chef Dan re-imagined the Green Papaya Salad he had tasted with some ingredients of his own: wonton strips, green onions, roasted corn, carrots and mango topped with Spicy Sriracha Vinaigrette and – to add some worldly flavor – grilled Piri Piri *shrimp. The result? The tasty Genghis Khan salad which is back on the MAD Greens menu for a limited time.
Fun fact: Traditional Som Tum can be prepared three ways – one with peanuts mixed in, one with small pickled crabs pounded in, or one that includes the juice of pickled mudfish. You won’t find pickled crabs or mudfish available at MAD Greens, but we certainly encourage you to have fun with your Genghis Khan and add in whatever inspired ingredients you see fit! Feel free to share your Khan creations with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the #MADGreens hashtag.
*Piri Piri is a Portuguese term for hot chilies or the hot sauce made from them.