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Spicy Corn Salad (Tum Khao Pod)

Spicy Corn Salad (Tum Khao Pod)

Here’s another Thai Salad you will definitely love. If you love salad just like me, I guess you’ll also like this Thai Tum Khao Pod or Spicy Corn Salad. It’s sweet, spicy and just the right sour taste.

Just a trivia, for any Thai menu that has the word ‘Tum’, they’re all made in mortar and pestle.

Servings: 2

Spicy Corn Salad Recipe (Tum Khao Pod)


  • 2 sweet corn
  • 4 Baby tomatoes (small plump tomatoes)
  • ½ cup Green beans (sitaw)
  • 1 small Carrot
  • 2 tablespoon Peanuts, toasted
  • 3 tablespoon Dried prawns/shrimp/hibe
  • Seasoning:
  • 2-3 garlic
  • 2 pcs Red Chili pepper, adjust to your spice level 
  • 2 tbsp Palm Sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 4 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 2 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Syrup (honey, or pancake syrup or sugar syrup)


  1. In a pan, toast the peanuts over low heat until brown and fragrant. Set aside.
  2. Boil the sweet corn in a pot of water for 10 minutes until cooked through.
  3. Prepare the other ingredients while boiling the corn: Sliced the green beans into 1″ size. Use a grater to shred the carrots and chop the tomatoes in wedges. Set aside.
  4. Using mortar and pestle, roughly crush the garlic, green beans, and chili pepper together. Set aside 
  5. Once the sweet corn is tender, remove from water, and let it cool for 5 minutes. Then sliced the corn on the side to get chunks of kernels.
  6. In a large bowl, combine all the seasoning and mix well, add in the chopped tomatoes, green beans, crushed garlic, carrots, chunks of corn kernels and dried shrimp.

Cooking Tips: 

  • Choices of vegetables are not fixed. Feel free to adjust to what you like for refreshing and crunchy veggies. For example julienned cucumber, Thai eggplants, etc.
  • Salted Duck Eggs (Kai Kem) is also a brilliant topping for this menu.
  • If you don’t have palm sugar, brown sugar would be fine.
  • If mortar and pestle is not available, just use a ziplock bag to pound the ingredients needed.