We are currently living in an area that doesn't have green papaya. However, someone told me to use cucumber as a substitute. I actually tried it this time, and it worked well. The texture is pretty much the same, yet doesn't retain its firmness as well.
Green Papaya Salad
1 clove Garlic
1 or 2 red Thai Chilies
2 tablespoons dried Shrimp
Thai palm sugar, to taste
1/4 cup roasted Peanuts
2 cups green Papaya strands
6 cherry Tomatoes
Juice of 1 fresh lime- to taste
Fish sauce, to taste
Pound the garlic and bird’s eye chilies until they form a smooth paste.
Add the dried shrimp and pound until the pieces are broken up, but not completely pulverized.
Add the palm sugar (cut into small pieces), maybe 2-3 teaspoons at first. Add the peanuts and lightly pound until they are broken into small pieces, but not to the point where they form a thick paste.
Add the papaya and tomatoes and pound on them until the tomatoes begin to burst. Add a few teaspoons of fish sauce and a couple of teaspoons of lime juice to the mix.
Adjust taste by adding additional palm sugar, soy sauce, lime juice and fish sauce. Serve cold immediately.