Now that supermarkets are expanding their inventory, it’s a lot easier to come by “exotic” products. Fish sauce, regional spices and condiments are sprouting from the aisles of local grocery stores, allowing us to explore food from different cultures with ease. One of my favorite Thai dishes is Som Tum or green papaya salad. It’s a delicious starter or side with so many contrasting flavors and textures. There are sweet, sour and spicy notes and a variety of textures–soft tomatoes, papaya that’s been slightly softened from the dressing, and crunchy peanuts. This is great on its own or served alongside grilled fish, poultry or meat.