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Jul 14, 2009 12:52 PM

Som Tom by the quart?

any one know of a place that makes great papaya salad to takeout like cole slaw? I love the stuff and I have made it but it is pretty labor intensive. I prefer it to other slaws and I wondered if there was a thai grocery, etc., that might sell it in bulk?

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  1. i've definitely seen it battambang market in lowell. never tried it from there so i don't vouch for it or anything. the markets on shirley ave in revere might carry it and that would be a closer option.

    1. Som Tum doesn't keep longer than about 4 or 5 hours after preparation - I've experienced this fact a few times myself after getting doggy bags at S&I and Floating Rock and getting it on the streets in Thailand.

      I think it's something to do with the fermented fish sauce reacting with the lime and papaya. Anyway... it's very discomforting and for this reason I've never seen it sold in bulk, even in the large supermarkets in suburban Bangkok.

      What you may be able to buy is a bag of the shredded papaya (plus a few other things) that you could then just put the sauce over each time. But the sauce itself is best crushed fresh and has quite a few ingredients anyway so it might defeat the purpose. At the moment I'm just doing everything fresh each time, including shaving and shredding the papaya. It doesn't take that long.

      If you're in a hurry just go get take-out from S&I, Montien or Floating Rock