Food Afield: Som Tam Goong Sod

Typically when people think of Thai food they think curry, rice, noodles, and, for those with a less adventurous stomach, massive indigestion. Less consideration goes to the fact that traditional Thai food is all about fresh ingredients that can make for some very healthy dishes. One of these I recently became obsessed with during a trip to southern Thailand: Som Tam, or green papaya salad.

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Ben’s Energy Wrap


Of all my friends, I count Ben as one of the more valuable sources of field-tested information for hiking. Ben has hiked across the desert in Israel, walked the entire PCT in a summer (with dog in tow), and tramped around the backwoods of Washington and Oregon doing forest surveys.

The guy has done some walking.

And when it comes to food, he knows what packs well and what’ll keep you going, so naturally on one of our climbing trips, he turned me on to a recipe for a wrap that’s easy to throw in a pack, gives you tons of energy, and tastes great.

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