Reprinted with permission from Everyday Thai Cooking: Quick and Easy Family Style Recipes by Katie Chin. Copyright 2013. Published by Tuttle Publishing. All rights reserved. Available wherever books are sold.
- 4 tablespoons high-heat cooking oil
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 6 tablespoons ﬁnely chopped shallots
- 1 tablespoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
- 4 teaspoons fermented shrimp paste
- 2 tablespoons ﬁsh sauce (nam pla)
- 3 tablespoons palm or brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 teaspoon tamarind concentrate
- 1 tablespoon water
Heat the oil in a wok or skillet at medium high heat. Add the garlic and shallots and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer garlic and shallots to a small bowl with a slotted spoon. Set aside. Leave the remaining oil in the pan.
Combine the ground red pepper, shrimp paste, fish sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, tamarind concentrate, water, and reserved garlic and shallots in a small food processor. Pulse until a thick paste forms.
Return the paste to the wok or skillet and stir it into the oil over low heat. Simmer gently and continue stirring until the mixture is a smooth, oily, and shimmering paste.