The weather in Vietnam is typically hot and humid, even in the winter months. When I visit Vietnam, I’m always on the lookout for something light and refreshing. One of the dishes that is sure to keep you cool is a shredded papaya salad, topped with sweet beef jerky, and tossed in a sweet vinegary sauce. In Vietnam, this dish is called Go Du Du Bo Kho. You can find these among the gazillions of food vendors that flood the streets.
The beef jerky that is used in this dish is much more sweet compared to the Western Beef Jerky. Luckily for me, there are places in the Bay Area that sell this type of jerky. I was able to replicate this dish at home with great success. It’s the Vietnam experience ... on a plate. Yum!
Vietnamese Papaya Salad with Beef Jerky Recipe:
For the Sauce:
- 2/3 cup water
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of minced red peppers (optional; you can add more if you like it extra spicy)
Add all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined.
For the Salad:
- 1 medium unripe papaya; peel and grate into thin strips
- 1 cup of Thai basil; slice into thin strips
- 2 cups of beef jerky (Asian/Vietnamese variety preferred); slice into thin strips
- 1 cup of roasted peanuts; coarsely chopped
- Combine the papaya and basil in a bowl and toss until combined.
- When ready to serve, top the papaya/basil salad with jerky and peanuts.
- Drizzle sauce on top.