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Monday, March 22, 2010

Gỏi Đu Đủ Khô Bò Gan Cháy (Vietnamese Papaya Salad with Beef Jerky and Liver Jerky)

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I was busy preparing for my second daughter's birthday and didn't have time to post any new entry recently.   I am always excited when my two darlings's birthdays come around.  
I always like to spoil them and give them memorable birthday parties as life can be full of surprises and who knows what tomorrow will bring, so why not make the best of everything for my children when I can, especially when they're at such an adorable age. On March 11th, my youngest daughter turned 2. As always, everyone in my family  are involved in preparing for the birthday party. My husband hung up the garlands, Grandma  prepared the balloons, and I had the best job . . . deciding what food to serve. 

 You can see from the pictures that the party was a success and my daughter had a blast as evident by her beautiful smile throughout the party. We had plenty of food and the guests really like the variety.

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One of the dishes I  made for the party was Papaya Salad with Beef Jerky, an appetizer favorite. My husband would love to sit out by his koi pond with the sun beating on his face and munch on this dish with a bottle of cold beer. A friend was at the party and requested me to post the recipe on my blog, so here it is.  I bought the soft and sweet beef and liver jerky  from Vua Khô Bò store (translated The King of Beef Jerky) in Westminster, Orange County.  I can't find these types of beef and liver jerky here in Sacramento, so whenever I have a chance to go to Cal So, I would buy some to bring home. 

RECIPE: Green Papaya Salad with Beef and Liver Jerky

Preparing Dressing

1/2 cup Hoisin Sauce
2 tablespoons Soy Sauce 
3 tablespoons Rice Vinegar or Regular Vinegar
1 cup Hot Water
4 tablespoons of Sugar
4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
1/2-1 teaspoon Paprika, optional
Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, optional 

In a large bowl, stir sugar in hot water until dissolved.  Add the remaining ingredients except Sriracha hot chili sauce into the sugar mixture and mix it well.  It's best to leave the sauce overnight so that the garlic releases even more flavor. Discard the garlic before serving. 

Adding paprika is an option
Preparing Papaya
1 Green Papaya (pick a long one without any soft spots on it.  It's easier to hold on the long papaya while shredding it)
3 teaspoons of salt
About 1/2 pound of  shredded or whole Asian-style  soft and sweet Beef Jerky, use a scissor  to cut into about 1 1/2 cup strips
About 1/4 pound of Liver Jerky,  use a scissor  to cut into about 1 1/2 cup strips, optional
1/4 cup shredded fresh Thai Basil Leaves

Peeled the green papaya with a vegetable peeler, cut them in half and discard the seeds.  Cut each half lengthwise into quarters.   Using a slicer to shred the papaya pieces.
Got this Kitchen Aid Slicer from Bed Bath and Beyond

Put the shredded papaya in a colander, add salt, and use both hands to mix it up and massage it thoroughly to release the slime from papaya.   Let  sit in a colander for about 15 minutes.   Rinse it under cold running water to remove the salt  then  squeeze out the excess moisture with a few  full hands of shredded papaya.  Make sure you extract enough water from papaya without completely crushing it.  

Transfer papaya to a large plate.  Add  some Thai basil  and mix them up.  Garnish the top of papaya with shredded  beef jerky, liver jerkey and a few of Thai basil leaves.   Serve the dressing on the side and have guests dress their own salad.  For those who can toterate spicy, drizzle some Sriracha hot chili sauce over your dish.



  1. Ok MS. Loan, Tet is over. I hope you had a great celebration with your family. Please come back and share with us some more recipes.

    Thank you.

  2. Yes Ms. Ann. I heard you :->. I've been fighting a cold since Tết and haven't recovered from it yet. Will post more recipes real soon.

  3. Hi Loan ,
    Do you buy or make your own liver jerky?

  4. OOp, sorry , please disregard my previous comment. I didn't read your post carefully. You bought the liver jerky from Vua Kho Bo. ( I didn't know they sell it there? Thanks for the info. Just curious, have you ever try to make the jerky? ( just a bit concern because I heard their products are import from China).

  5. Hi Amy, I tried to make the liver jerky once and it didn't turn out right. I thought the liver jerky is made here? I wouldn't buy it if it's import from China. I actually try to avoid made-in-China food products as much as possible. The only product that I still consume is dried noodles just because I can't find a good subtitute.

  6. Hi Loan,
    How far ahead can you shred the papaya?

  7. I usually shred the papaya a day head and store in the fridge.

  8. Hi Loan,
    Sorry , one more question. Do you shred, rinse with salt to remove the slime then store in the fridge or shred, store and then rinse right before you prepare the dish? (does it matter? discoloration, mushiness of the papaya )

  9. I always wash with salt, let it dry or pay dry it then store in fridge. I also place a paper towel in a ziplog bag then papaya. It's ready to use the next day.