Green Papaya Salad Served in Betal Leaves: inspired by Longrain Sydney

Vegan Betal Leaf Recipe

Longrain Sydney is currently my happy place, and for me the pinnacle of the Longrain experience are their Betal Leaves. They are served encasing smoked trout for the meat eaters and for the vegetarians they put together a delicious green papaya and mango salad which is full of crunch, zing and attitude. A few weeks ago we had a go at recreating the vegetarian version. To do so we put together a green papaya and mango salad, which has loads of fresh herbs (coriander, mint and basil) a punchy dressing (chilli, garlic, lime, galangal and soy sauce) and finished it with some crunch (fried eshallots). We also added strips of a vegetarian version of bacon that we affectionately refer to as faken (fake bacon) to give it a protein injection. The outcome was delicious – not quite Martin Boetz standard but non too shabby either.

You will absolutely need a mandolin for this recipe, otherwise you’ll literally spend 4 hours chopping all of your ingredients. I promise you, your time is too precious for that kind of preparation.

Thai Herbs Vegetarian Recipe


Longrain Betal Leaves

Green Papaya Salad Served in Betal Leaves
Makes 30 leaves

The Salad:
1/2 large papaya (or 1 small one) (your papaya should be very firm, the flesh white in colour)
1 green mango
1/2 cucumber
1 carrot
1 tomato
2 eschallots, peels and thinly sliced
1/2 cups each of basil and corriander
1/4 cup mint leaves
Crispy fried shallots
5 pieces of bacon-style rashers
30 betal leaves
The Dressing:
5 cloves garlic, chopped roughly
3 red chillis, seeds removed and roughly chopped
a 5cm chunk of galangal chopped roughly
50 g sugar
50 ml light soy sauce
1 cup vegetable oil
Juice of 1 lime

1. Prepare the papaya, mango, cucumber and carrot by pealing and cutting into julienne with a mandolin. Place into a large salad bowl.
2. Thinly slice the onion and tomato and add to the bowl.
3. Wash and tear the 3 herbs and add these also, finally sprinkling generously with the fried eshallots
4. Meanwhile make the dressing by pounding together the garlic, chilli and galangal until nicely minced
5. Add the sugar, soy and oil to and combine well, finally add the lime juice and combine. Your dressing is now complete.
6. Mix the dressing thoroughly into the salad, this is best done with bare hands. You want to be quite rough with the salad so that it mixes well and you essentially infuse all of the ingredients together.
7. Next lay each betal leaf out and top it with about 1.5 tablespoons of salad.
8. Fry the bacon-style rashes and julienne them, placing about 4 strips on each betal leaf and serving the leaves whilst the strips are still warm.

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8 Responses to “Green Papaya Salad Served in Betal Leaves: inspired by Longrain Sydney”

  1. What a gorgeous looking salad! :D

  2. Looks looks wonderful, and much less difficult than I thought it would be. Where do you buy betel leaves from, Cabramatta?

  3. i love salad especially during lunch time. yummy!

  4. fivereflections Reply May 20, 2012 at 7:15 am

    beautiful photographs and interesting flavors
    David in Maine USA

  5. that’s the same shop Longrain do their shopping at :)

  6. Yum – and great tip about where to get the leaves – will head down there! Have you tried Vientiane on the cnr of Oxford and Sth Dowling? Wahn’s cooking is out of the world divine and his papaya salad is heaven on a stick. Laos cooking for health and healing – I think you’d love it!

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