Fried Mackerel with Shrimp Paste Sauce

As you probably know by now, I live in Paknam which borders the Gulf of Thailand. As you can imagine, seafood features quite heavily in menus at numerous restaurants in this area. Even the roadside stalls sell plenty of dishes which have seafood as their main ingredients. Today I want to tell you about a popular dish in this area called “nam prik pla too” ( น้ำพริกปลาทู ). This basically translates as Fried Mackerel with Shrimp Paste Sauce.

As you can see from the above pictures, the meal is served ready cooked. You choose your fish, which raw vegetables you want and even the spicy sauce. This meal costs 15-30 baht depending on the size of your helping. The “nam prik pla too” sauce is made up from dried shrimp paste, garlic, green chili, shrimp paste, fish sauce, lime juice and palm sugar.

2 responses to “Fried Mackerel with Shrimp Paste Sauce

  1. Richard!!! You make me hungry again!!
    The Treasure Pot makes nam prik pla tu on Saturdays. Counting the days!

  2. Hey Richard,

    Wow so many good blogs to read I’m getting way behind on my reading while I’m waiting for my PC to be upgraded. This ole laptop of mine is more enemy than friend when I try to use it much.

    Thanks for the great music links. As a fairly big Thai music fan (that would be me) I like to sample different styles to find new ones I like so I have a request for you!

    Why not showcase some Thai ‘indie/alternative’ music? I have been listening to the indie rock band ‘Modern Dog’ all week at work with my headphones on sitting at my desk 😉 They are my new faves and these guys are pretty good so why not give them a shot if your thinking of new music categories.