Andy Ricker's Naam Jim Kai (Sweet chile dipping sauce)

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This sweet chile dipping sauce is great on Andy Ricker's Whole Roasted Young Chicken from his new Pok Pok cookbook.

Reprinted with permission from Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand by Andy Ricker with JJ Goode. Copyright 2013. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House. All rights reserved. Available wherever books are sold.

Recipe Facts

Active: 30 mins
Total: 30 mins
Makes: 1 1/4 cups

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  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, preferably a Thai brand
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 21 grams fresh or drained pickled red Thai chiles, coarsely sliced
  • 1 1/4 ounces peeled garlic cloves, halved lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Combine the sugar, vinegar, and water in a medium pot and set it over high heat. Bring to a vigorous simmer and cook for 10 minutes or so, whisking to help dissolve the sugar.

  2. Meanwhile, pound the chiles, garlic, and salt in a granite mortar (or pulse in a food processor) to a very coarse paste. Stir the mixture into the pot.

  3. Decrease the heat to maintain a steady simmer and cook until the liquid thickens slightly and becomes just slightly syrupy, 8 1o 12 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it cools. Let it cool to room temperature.