Something You Should Eat: Som Tum from TAC Quick Thai
There are dozens of salads in the Thai repertoire (often called yum, appropriately enough) but few can match the complexity, and downright deliciousness of som tum. This shredded green papaya salad has everything going for it: salty, sour, spicy, sweet and lots of crunch to boot. It shows up on both the regular menu - as well as the Thai-only, secret menu that has been translated into English - at TAC Quick Thai in Lake View, just a few blocks North of Wrigley Field. As we say goodbye to Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this week, say hello to this one-of-a-kind salad.