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Variation: add up to 6 finely sliced red chiles.
Once you have your dressings, you are ready to make one of a number of Thai dips.
Nam Jim Mamuang
Prepare one cup of shredded green (i.e. unripe) mango, and combine it with the dressing.
Variation: Instead of shredding the mango just julienne it. If you use the chile variation of the dressing the result is a Som Dam Mamuang (an Isan variant - the normal som dam is made with papaya).
Use a cup of coarsely chopped pineapple (nam jim sapparot).
Try a cup of any chopped fruit.
A variation my wife calls Nam Jim Luk Koei (kai luk koei is "son in law eggs" and is done with fried hard boiled (quails) eggs in a caramelized onion sauce). Take a cup of mixed "round things" - maraschino cherries, cherry tomatoes, cocktail olives, hard boiled quails eggs. Mix with the dressing(s) and serve on cocktail sticks.
A variation my wife calls "devil's finger food."
Take about 2 tablespoons of shrimp paste, and fry it. Mix in about 1 tablespoon of sliced red chiles. Use this mixture to stuff pitted olives (instead of the usual bland pimento) and serve it with a hot version of the chile dressing from above.
Caveat: Even I find this a little hot...
Posted by WingsFan91 at Recipe Goldmine 11/15/2001 4:53 pm
Special thanks to Muoi Khuntilanont.