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Half-green papaya namasu with ginger

Half-Green Papaya Namasu With Ginger

A fresh salad with a touch of ginger that is especially tasty on a warm, humid day. Make this the day before because the flavors blend fantastically the next day.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cuisine: Japanese, Local
Keyword: Ginger, Green Papaya


  • lbs thinly sliced green papaya About 2 medium papayas.
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 packets Truvia (sweetener) Or your favorite sweetener.
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp fish sauce


  • Thinly slice or grate your green papaya into strips and put in a mixing bowl. Add salt and mix for about a minute.
    Note: One of the papayas had just started to turn yellow, which is why we have 2 different papaya colors. Preferably, you want that pale green color before it turns yellow. But this still tasted great!
  • Add apple cider vinegar, sugar, sweetener (we used Truvia). If you want to, you can use all sugar or all sweetener.
    Note: I recommend using a little less for all the ingredient measurements. This is a unique taste and you need to find the right combination that you like. Use the measurements as a guideline to follow.
  • Add grated ginger and fish sauce. These two ingredients is what really brings this dish to life.
  • Mix, taste, and adjust. While you can eat this right away (which we did), I highly recommend storing this in the fridge and eating it the next day. The taste will be completely different and the ginger makes this dish really come alive.


  • Eat this the next day if possible.
  • This recipe also works with very green papaya (as Mom originally intended). Since our papaya was beginning to turn yellow, she decided to adjust the flavor only because the papaya's flavor had changed.
  • Mom avoids using too much sugar, but if you prefer all sugar, feel free to substitute the sweetener packets in this recipe for sugar or vice versa. Just taste as you go as sweetness levels differ.
  • This was a touch-and-go recipe since traditional namasu doesn't use green papaya. Use this recipe as a guideline to get started and find the flavor you like.
  • Less is more, especially with the ginger.
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