corvi (corivax) wrote in kissingcrust,

lazy nam prik pao

Nam prik pao is a paste made from chilis roasted by being placed down in the coals of a cooking brazier. It is hot and sweet. I haven't yet gotten around to figuring out how to replicate the roasting process in our fireplace, but I do have a lazy substitute.

  • 1/3 cup sriracha (chili and vinegar sauce)
  • 1/4 tsp hickory smoked salt
  • 1/4 cup jarred shallots or garlic
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbs packed bown sugar (palm sugar i even better if you have it)
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar (tamarind is even better if you have it)
  • 1/4 cup oil
Mix together all ingredients. You can leave out the oil without any trouble if you're just cooking around, but if you're using this in a thai recipe, the recipe probably expects an oil-based paste.

This stuff is odd in that it never tastes very good to me on its own, but it adds something really wonderful to a stir-fry or curry.
Tags: fast food, hot food, sauces, thai food
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