Green papaya
salad is a classic

"The Electric Kitchen" airing in the first half of July features Vietnamese cooking with Jennifer Nguyen and Phong Lee of A Saigon Café on Maui.

"Electric Kitchen" airs at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Monday, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. Thursday on Oceanic Cable Channel 16. All the recipes from the show are available at the Hawaiian Electric Co. Web site,

Green Papaya Salad

3 tablespoons tamarind paste
1/4 cup hot water
1 to 2 green papayas (about 2 pounds), pared and shredded
1/2 cup finely minced cinnamon basil
1/3 cup Sweet and Sour Garlic Sauce (recipe follows)
Chopped peanuts for garnish
1/2 pound cooked jumbo shrimp

Mix tamarind paste with hot water and strain. Combine with papaya and basil, then toss with garlic sauce. Garnish with peanuts and shrimp. Serves 4.

Sweet and Sour Garlic Sauce

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup fish sauce
3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
3 red Hawaiian chili peppers, minced
2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice or white vinegar
1/2 cup coconut juice
1/2 carrot and/or daikon (white radish), finely shredded, for garnish

Dissolve sugar in hot water; add fish sauce, garlic, chili pepper, lemon juice and coconut juice. Add carrot and daikon just before serving. Makes about 1-1/2 cups.

Nutritional information unavailable.

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