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Thai Dipping Sauce

Nam prik is the most common dipping sauce in Thailand. It has a fiery strength, so use it with caution.

ingredients

makes 120 ml (4 fl oz) 1/2 cup
15 ml (1 tbsp) vegetable oil
1 cm (1/2 in) square shrimp paste or 15 ml (1 tbsp) fish sauce
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
2 cm (3/4 in) fresh root ginger, finely chopped
3 small fresh red chillies, seeded and chopped
15 ml (1 tbsp) finely chopped coriander root or stem
20 ml (4 tsp) sugar
45 ml (3 tbsp) dark soy sauce
juice of 1/2 lime

method

1. Heat the vegetable oil in a preheated wok. Add the shrimp paste or fish sauce, garlic, ginger and chillies and stir-fry for 1 - 2 minutes, until softened, but not coloured.

2. Remove from the heat and add the chopped coriander, sugar, soy sauce and lime juice.

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