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10 Essential Ingredients of Thai Cooking (Page 2)

Fish Sauce with Chiles

Pictured Recipe: Fish Sauce with Chiles

1. Thai Fish Sauce

Known in Thai as nam pla, this seasoning is a pungent brine made from fermenting fish with salt. Check the label: it should contain only anchovies, salt and water. It has over 1,000 mg sodium per tablespoon, so use it sparingly. Try mixing minced fresh bird or serrano chiles with fish sauce (as we do in this photo). Use this recipe for Fish Sauce with Chiles as a condiment or in place of regular fish sauce in recipes.

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