The generic term 'nam phrik' refers to what in Thai cuisine?
'Nam phrik' is a type of Thai spicy chili sauce typical of Thai cuisine. Usual ingredients for 'nam phrik' type sauces are fresh or dry chilies, garlic, shallots, lime juice and often some kind of fish or shrimp paste. In the traditional way of preparing these sauces, the ingredients are pounded together using a mortar and pestle, with either salt or fish sauce added to taste.
'Nam phrik' type sauces are normally served on small saucers placed by the main dish as a condiment or dip for bland preparations, such as raw or boiled greens, fish, poultry and meats. Depending on the type, the region and the family that prepares it, 'nam phrik' may vary in texture from a liquid to a paste to an almost dry, granular, or powdery consistency.