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manow   มะนาว

Limes are one of the cornerstones of Thai cooking. You will find lime juice in nearly as many recipes as you find fish sauce. In fact, one of the most common and versatile sauces (nam pla prig) is just lime juice, fish sauce and sliced hot pepper. In Thailand, nam pla prik is as common a complement to a meal as salt and pepper is in the US.

If you only have lemons available, you can substitute the lemon for lime, but limes are what are used in Thailand and give a much richer flavor.

Recipes made with lime

  • bamboo shoot yum

    Bamboo Shoot Yum

    Soop Naw Mai

    Shredded bamboo shoots boiled in wild Thai leaves with hot lime sauce.

  • tom kha gai

    Tom Kha Gai

    Gai Tom Kha

    Chicken in galangal flavored coconut broth. Sour and hot.

  • chinese olive fried rice

    Chinese Olive Fried Rice

    Kow Pad Nam Leab

    Exotic Chinese olive fried rice

  • crispy fried okra

    Crispy Fried Okra

    Grajiab Tod

    Okra crispy fried in a light batter served with chili fish sauce.

  • chicken basil

    Chicken Basil

    Gai Pad Gaprow

    Ground chicken stir fried with holy basil

  • crispy pomfret

    Crispy Pomfret

    Pla Jalamed Tod

    Crispy fried whole fish. Served with shallot, pepper, fish sauce

  • grilled sardines

    Grilled Sardines

    Pla Sardeen Yang

    Grill fresh sardines, served with hot chili fish sauce.

  • crunchy squash blossoms

    Crunchy Squash Blossoms

    Dok Fugtong Tod

    Squash blossoms, lightly dusted in flour and pan fried.

  • chili fish sauce

    Chili Fish Sauce

    Nam Pla Prig

    Chili fish sauce is one of the most popular sauce that you will be served with in Thailand.

  • crab fried rice

    Crab Fried Rice

    Kow Pud Pboo

    Crab fried rice served with a wedge of lime, sliced cucumber and chili fish sauce.

  • chinese olive fried rice

    Chinese Olive Fried Rice

    Kow Pad Nam Leab

    Exotic Chinese olive fried rice

  • chinese water spinach curry

    Chinese Water Spinach Curry

    Gang Tay Po

    Chinese water spinach stewed in curry sauce with pork

  • crispy catfish green mango salad

    Crispy Catfish Green Mango Salad

    Yum Pla Dook Foo

    Sour unripe mango, biting lime, salty fish sauce and crisped catfish.

  • green papaya salad

    Green Papaya Salad

    Som Tum

    Shreded green papaya, cherry tomatoes, green beans with lime dressing

  • hot shallot sauce with toasted rice

    Hot Shallot Sauce with Toasted Rice

    Prig Nam Jim

    A simple sauce that with wonderful toasted rice aroma.

  • grilled steak with spicy shallot sauce

    Grilled Steak with Spicy Shallot Sauce

    Nua Yang

    Medium rare grilled steak, served with spicy shallot and lime sauce.

  • laab



    Spicy ground pork or chicken salad cooked in lime juice, chili pepper and fish sauce

  • mackerel with chili sauce

    Mackerel with Chili Sauce

    Nam Prig Pla Tuu

    Mackerel and fresh vegetables with a shrimp paste sauce.

  • mushroom tom yum

    Mushroom Tom Yum

    Tom Yum Hed

    Spicy and sour oyster mushroom soup with lemon grass broth

  • pickled fish chili sauce

    Pickled Fish Chili Sauce

    Pla Rah Lohn

    Pickled fish cooked in coconut milk, spiced with shallot and chili peppers.

  • spicy budoo

    Spicy Budoo

    Nam Budoo Song Kreung

    Traditional southern Thai sauce served with rice and many veggies.

  • steak salad

    Steak Salad

    Yum Nua

    Spicy beef salad in lime juice, hot pepper and fish sauce

  • tom yum goong

    Tom Yum Goong

    Shrimp in clear spicy soup made from lemon grass, kaffir lime, hot pepper, lime juice and fish sauce

  • yum sausage

    Yum Sausage

    Yum Moo Yaw

    Pork sausage salad served hot or cold

  • pork basil

    Pork Basil

    Pad Gaproa Moosub Kaidow

    Spicy ground pork stir-fried with fragrant holy basil. Served over jasmine rice, a fried egg and garlic chili fish sauce.

  • chili garlic fish sauce

    Chili Garlic Fish Sauce

    Nampla Prig

    Easy versatile condiment for most dishes.

  • oxtail soup

    Oxtail Soup

    Soop Hang Woa

    Clear spicy and sour oxtail soup. 

  • pad thai street food

    Pad Thai Street Food

    Pad Thai

    Pad Thai street food recipe

  • tom yum gai

    Tom Yum Gai

    Hot and sour, lean chicken soup with lemongrass and galangal.

  • southern sour curry with koon

    Southern Sour Curry with Koon

    Gang Som Au Dib

    Thin, sour, fiery hot curry from Southern Thailand.

  • nam tok

    Nam Tok

    Spicy grilled beef salad with toasted rice.

  • yum woon sen

    Yum Woon Sen

    Spicy glass noodle salad with crunchy peanuts and dried shrimp.

  • royal mee grob

    Royal Mee Grob

    Mee Grob Chow Wung

    Sweet and sour crispy fried rice vermicelli served with beansprouts and Chinese chives.

  • som tum

    Som Tum

    Som Tum Thai Pboo

    Spicy green papaya salad with dried shimp and salted crab

  • tom yum pork ribs

    Tom Yum Pork Ribs

    Tom Yum Gradoog Moo

    Sour and spicy pork rib soup loaded with lemongrass, galangal, shallots and kaffir lime leaves

  • vegetarian tom yum hed

    Vegetarian Tom Yum Hed

    Tom Yum Hed

    Spicy and sour vegetarian mushroom soup cooked with Thai herbs

  • shrimp paste rice

    Shrimp Paste Rice

    Kow Klook Gapi

    Rice mixed with shrimp paste spiced with shreded green mango and shallots served with fried egg, sweetened pork.

  • green mango chili fish sauce

    Green Mango Chili Fish Sauce

    Nam Pla Prig Mamuang

    Fish sauce with shredded green mango, spiced with Thai chilis, lime juice and shallots

  • tom sab leng

    Tom Sab Leng

    Fallen off the bone pork backbones in super spicy and sour broth

  • pork basil

    Pork Basil

    Pad Gaproa Moosub Kaidow

    Spicy ground pork stir-fried with fragrant holy basil. Served over jasmine rice, a fried egg and garlic chili fish sauce.

  • tom yum noodles

    Tom Yum Noodles

    Guay Tiew Moo Tom Yum

    Spicy and sour noodle soup served with crushed peanuts, powdered chili and lime juice

  • vegan mango salad

    Vegan Mango Salad

    Yum Mamuang Mungsavirat

    Spicy refreshing green mango salad with toasted peanuts

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