Thai silk and carved teak elephants are not the hottest items to bring back home to your family and friends from a trip to Chiang Mai; instead, go for the Nam Prig Noom. A spicy green chili sauce, Nam Prig Noom, is a true reminder of eating and being in the north.
Part of the fun about visiting Chiang Mai is sitting down for a Khantoke dinner at the end of the day and watching the traditional Thai dance. Nam Prig Noom, sticky rice and pork rinds and other dishes are served on a raised tray while you sit on the floor waiting for the hosts to come around with your delicious food and drink.
After you’re fed, walk over to a night market and take the fun of northern Thailand in. Then, before leaving Chiang Mai, visit Warorot Market (Kad Luang) or other markets in Chiang Mai to see Nam Prig Noom in packages and containers for your friends and families.
This recipe is a vegetarian, traditional and authentic. Nam Prig Noom sold in Bangkok often has lime juice, fish sauce and/or pickled fish. In the north, it’s far simpler: chilies, garlic, shallots and salt.
Nam Prig Noom goes exceedingly well with sticky rice and pork rinds.