In Thailand, no table is complete without a small bowl of Prik Nam Pla. This Thai Sauce is to Thailand what Ketchup is to the US or Soy Sauce is to Japan. Prik Nam Pla is a Thai sauce that has just 2 ingredients, Fish Sauce and small hot chillies known as Prik Kee Noo. Other ingredients can sometimes be added eg. a small amount of sugar, lime juice or chopped garlic but they are not normally included.
In most Thai restaurants you would have to specifically ask if you wanted other ingredients put in the Prik Nam Pla. Therefore if you wanted lime juice you would ask for Prik Nam Pla Manao (Manao=Lime). Thai people will spoon a little of this Thai sauce (Nam Jim) over nearly everything, even just plain boiled rice. For many Thais, even the spiciest of dishes is never quite spicy enough.
Ingredients for Prik Nam Pla – Thai Sauce
Put the chillies into a small dish and add the Fish Sauce, enough to cover the chillies.