green mango salad (បុកស្វាយ—bok svay)

Bok svay(បុកស្វាយ) is a simple sweet and tart salad of green mango with basic flavors of the Khmer people of Cambodia. Green mango is a certain variety of mango typically eaten while still green and unripe.

Tart and crunchy mango offers great texture for the salad. Black pepper is a distinct Khmer touch, different from other cuisines in the region; a slight emphasis on sweetness is also characteristic. Spices are blended and mixed with mango for a quick and easy dish which pairs well with grilled or steamed dishes.

Other flavorful salads from Southeast Asia include the popular green papaya salad from the Lao people of Laos and Thailand, pomelo salad from parts of Thailand and Myanmar, and banana flower salad from rural Vietnam.


(serves 2)

20 black peppercorn
2 cloves garlic
1 tablet palm sugar
2 green mango, peeled and shredded

• pound pepper, garlic, salt, palm sugar
• add green mango
• serve