Recipe for Classic Thai / Laos Hot Sauce


1 garlic clove;

1 Red Chili;

1 Green Chili;

1 tablespoon squeezed Lime;

1 tablespoon Fish Sauce

In a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic and chilies until they are in small pieces. Add squeezed lime and fish sauce and mix. Pour the Classic Thai / Lao Hot Sauce into a small dipping bowl for serving. The above ingredients can be multiplied to suit the number of servings.

Most Thai and Lao chili sauce starts with these basic ingredients. You can substitute soy sauce for fish sauce but it would not be authentic nor classic classic.

Pour this sauce over rice or dip the sauce with sticky rice and grilled meat.

The basic ingredients that are used in Thailand and Laos include: garlic, chilies, fish or soy sauce, lime or rice vinegar, and sugar. However, the proportion of each ingredient varies depending on the dish. With the exception of dessert dishes, these ingredients are in most Thai and Lao dishes. Every dish has a unique balance of these basic ingredients.

For more recipes on hot sauces and Thai / Lao dishes, visit my blog. As well, there is also an instructional video on how the sauce is made by using the traditional method of a mortar and pestle.