bok lahong
Bok Lahong
Prep Time
20 mins
Rest Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Bok lahong is the Cambodian version of green papaya salad, that is also prepared with crab, tomatoes, yardlong beans and peanuts.
Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: Asian, Cambodian
Servings: 6 people
Author: Vera Abitbol
  • 1 green papaya , peeled, seeded and grated
  • 2 carrots , peeled and grated
  • 1 cup yardlong beans , cut into pieces of about 4 cm
  • 1 cup soy sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts
  • 2 tomatoes , quartered
  • ½ lb crabmeat
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 Thai peppers (or more, to taste)
  • 1 stem lemongrass , finely chopped
  • 3 teaspoons palm sugar
  • 4 teaspoons fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon prahok (fish or shrimp paste)
  • Juice of 2 limes
  1. Immerse the grated green papaya in a large bowl of warm water for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  2. Place the garlic, peppers, crab, lemongrass, prahok, in a mortar and beat with a pestle until well crushed.
  3. Add the papaya, carrots and soy sprouts and gently pound for a minute to combine.
  4. Place the mixture in a salad bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Mix well for a few minutes to combine the flavors and for the palm sugar to completely dissolve.