Try this papaya salad, where vegetables combine with salty and sweet and a hint of spiciness in a plate that can be served as a salad or a light side dish that is just perfect for the warmer days of the year.

DRESSING – ¼ cup soy sauce – 1 tablespoon brown sugar – ½ teaspoon chili flakes double if you're a fan of spicy food – 1 teaspoon sesame seeds plus extra for garnishing – 3 tablespoon sesame oil plus 3 extra tablespoons for serving VEGETABLES – 1 carrot (large),  cut into thin strips  – ½ papaya (small),  cut into thin strips  – ½ cabbage (small),  cut into thin strips  – 2 cucumbers (small), cut into thin strips 


Combine soy sauce, 3 tablespoons of water, sugar, chili flakes, sesame seeds, and sesame oil. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.

Step 1:

Pour the dressing into a small saucepan heated over medium-low heat, and simmer until it has reduced to half the liquid. Stir in the carrot, papaya, and cabbage, coating with the sauce, and cooking until it is heated through (2-3 mins) and reduced a bit in volume, but still has some crunchiness to it. Move the vegetables to a bowl and let them cool to room temperature.

Step 2:

Toss the cucumbers with the cooled vegetables. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, and drizzle with 3 tablespoons of sesame oil.

Step 3:

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