I loosely followed a recipe I found, changing it slightly to fit my personal taste.
|Red onion and garlic|
3 Tablespoons fish sauce
3 cloves garlic
4 Thai chili
3 pieces of lime
3 Tablespoons sugar
Red onion (no amount specified)
I made the recipe as directed but only used almost 2 Tb of sugar (we ran out). The result was a slightly salty hot sauce, that wasn't hot enough for me (I can handle "very spicy") so I added:
|Tiparos brand fish sauce - $2|
3 more Tb fish sauce
2 cloves garlic
7 Thai chili
Lime juice (I gave the bottle a good squeeze!)
Red onion (chopped very fine)
2 Tb rice vinegar
Sesame oil - just a splash
|Rice vinegar, sesame oil, & lime juice|
I purchased my fish sauce at a local Asian (Korean) market for $2. The rest of the items I already had. I buy Thai chili peppers at the local produce market, along with my parsley, red onions, and peeled garlic. All of the ingredients are inexpensive and the recipe is fast and simple.
Don't let the idea of liquid fish in a bottle scare you - my husband said "fish sauce" makes his skin crawl. It's full of flavor and a staple of most Southeast Asian countries. Fresh, homemade hot sauce is a wonderful and healthy way to spice up your cooking and is especially delicious on fresh vegetables and other side dishes.
|Final product - Prik Nam Pla|