This sauce really isn't very much too look at, but don't be deceived. Since making it, there isn't a meal over the last few days that hasn't included a dash of this sauce. It has been stirred through noodles, added to a little leftover rice for breakfast, eating from the jar with a few pieces of raw veg and lettuce leaves, and used to dip chips in.
In theory, a jar should keep for a few months, yet I would be astounded if it lasts you much more than a couple of weeks.
Ingredients (Makes 1 x 500ml jar) Serves: 10
- 150ml vegetable, groundnut or peanut oil
- 4 large shallots, peeled and diced (200g)
- 8 garlic cloves, peeled and diced (20g)
- 20 dried long chillies, ground up in a pestle & mortar or chopped finely in a food processor
- 25g palm sugar
- 25g preserved shrimp paste
- 25g tamarind sauce
- 50ml thai squid brand fish sauce
- Pour the oil into a pan and add the chopped shallots and garlic. Heat on a medium stove until simmering. Add the ground chillies, shrimp paste, and palm sugar - broken into pieces - and cook for 10 minutes. Do not allow the mixture to brown.
- Pour the mixture into a food processor, and add the tamarind and fish sauce. Process until smooth. Keep in a jar in the fridge.