sweet and spicy sour fruit dip

Sweet And Spicy Fruit Dipping Sauce (Nam Pla Wan)

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Nam Pla Wan is a hot, sweet and salty dipping sauce that pairs perfectly with crunchy and sour fruits like green apples and sour mango. It is a dish that forms a great balance between sweet, salty, sour and spice.

This is a great snack or dessert and is surprisingly simple to make yourself at home. We have used 6 chillies in this dip as we wanted it quite spicy, but feel free to use less if you are not a fan of spicy flavours. If you are not in Thailand, then green apples are probably your best choice to use as the fruit.

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Ingredients

naam pla wan ingredients list

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  • 2 shallots
  • chopped fresh chillies (we used 6)
  • 1/4 cup of dried baby shrimp
  • 1 cup of palm sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tbsp of fish sauce
  • green apples (or any sour and crunchy fruit for dipping – sour mango also works really well)

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Cooking instructions

 

Step 1: Peel and then thinly slice the shallots. Slice them as thinly as you can.

thinly slicing the shallots

Step 2: Remove the stalks from the chillies, then thinly slice them

slicing the chillies

Step 3: Add 1 cup of palm sugar and 2 tbsp of fish sauce to a saucepan, and heat on a low heat until the sugar melts. Use a spoon to break up them lumps to speed up the melting process.

melting the palm sugar

Step 4: As the sugar begins to melt, add a splash of water and keep stirring.

Step 5: Once the sugar has completely melted, add the thinly sliced shallots.

maiking the nam pla wan

Step 6: Stir and heat until the shallots begin to cook, then add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Step 7: Continuing heating and stirring for another 5 minutes, then add 1/4 cup of dried baby shrimp and 6 chopped chillies (or more or less depending on your preference for spice)

making the fruit dipping sauce

Step 8: Stir and heat for a couple of minutes, then turn off the heat and spoon some of the sauce into a condiment pot. Chop up the sour and crunchy fruit of your choice (green apples or sour mango works best) and serve!

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