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Fish Nam Prik
by Phantiwa Kongsiri
2013-05-26 12:46:02
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fish_nan_prik_1_400Today I would like to offer you a recipe which is originated from the North-Eastern part of Thailand.   A traditional food, which Thai people eat daily, and is very healthy.

The Nam Prik means the type of food which contains chili, garlic, onion, Thai herbs and spices and some type of meat.   This particular recipe includes fermented fish.  It is served with various vegetables. Because of its strong smell, it is not favourized by some people, but it is worth to try for its other strengths.  The fermented fish is especially rich in protein and calcium.  You can eat this food every day, if you want to lose weight.


(For 2 portions)
1 smaller Mackerel fish
2 dkg fermented fish
10 fresh chili (optionally you can put more)
5 pieces of shallot
2 spring onions
3 pieces of garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 lemon
1 package of coriander leaf
2 slices of galangol
1 piece of lemongrass
2 pieces of kaffir lime leaves


1. Boil water with the kaffir lime, lemongrass, galangol and salt.  When the water is boiling place the Mackerel fish in for 10 minutes. Do not stir because it will smell, just cover the bowl.  After 10 minutes take out the fish and cool it down.
2. Cut the fermented fish to pieces, bake it in a pan without any oil, use some water.  Or you can also grill. 
3. Fry the chili, onion, shallot, garlic without any oil. 
4. Place the fried ingredients to the mortar and crash them.fish_nan_prik_3_400
5. When the fish has cooled down, take out the bones and put the fish also to the mortar.  Mix them together.
6. Take the fermented fish to the mix.  Add lemon, spring onion and coriander leaves. 
7. Taste it, it will be spicy and sweet from the shallot, salty from the fermented fish.

If someone does not like the fermented fish, you can replace it with fish sauce or add more salt.


- Vegetables: spring bean, cucumber, eggplant, lady finger or any vegetables you like.  You can also steam or cook vegetables and serve with Nam Prik.
- Cooked rice.

If you want to use this recipe and make Nam Prik every day you can make it more exciting by replacing Mackerel fish with for example tuna or any other sweet water fish.  It is very easy to make, only 15 minutes!

Bon appetit

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