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Authentic Thai Recipe Ingredient: Fish Sauce

Photo of Fish Sauce and How it is Used in Authentic Thai Recipes.

Fish Sauce

น้ำปลา (Nam pla)
Thai fish sauce is a very aromatic and strong tasting fish sauce, extracted from the fermentation of fish with sea salt. It can can be made from different types of fish and seafood. Fish sauce is a staple ingredient in Thai cuisine and imparts a unique character to Thai food.

In Thai cuisine, fish sauce is used both in cooking and also served at the table for use as a condiment, for instance in noodle soups. In addition, nearly every Thai meal is served with phrik nam pla as a condiment: a mixture of fish sauce, lime juice, and chopped bird's eye chilies. Very often a few slices of garlic are also added to this sauce.

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