Nam Jim Jaew is the perfect, spicy accompaniment for grilled meats.
Nam jim jaew is awesome served with Thai grilled meats like steak, pork and chicken. Be sure to adjust these ingredients to taste so that you get the perfect blend of sweet, sour and spicy for your personal preferences.
You can use my measurements below as a guide but the final flavour is totally down to you.
One of the ingredients that gives nam jim jaew its distinctive flavour is the roasted rice powder or Khau Khua in Thai.
This important ingredient is available at Asian shops but I have found the making your own gets far superior and fresher tasting results.
I have explained how to do this below. Traditionally Thai sticky rice (glutinous rice) is used but I have tried making this powder with Basmati and also Jasmin rice with good results.
Just to ensure there is no misunderstanding, glutenous and glutinous are not the same thing as many people falsely think.
Glutenous means that an ingredient contains gluten. Glutinous refers to a type of starch which is on the grains of rice which when cooked make the rice sticky.
It is used to make Thai sticky rice. There are different types of glutinous rice so if cooking sticky rice, look for long grain Thai glutinous rice.
The above recipe for khao khoa will make more than you need but it is easier to grind in larger batches. The roasted rice powder will keep in an air-tight container for a couple of months.
You can purchase tamarind water at Asian shops. It is also easy to make. Simply soak block tamarind in some water until the water turns dark and strain.
Now that you have your rice powder, lets get on with the recipes.
Once you have your sauce prepared, give it a try. If you prefer more sauce, you could alway add a little more tamarind water or lime juice.
If you find this to be too sour, add a little water. Adjust the spiciness with more chillies if you like and more sugar for sweetness.
- 3 tbsp Thai fish sauce
- 4 tbsp. Tamarind water
- 1 tbsp palm sugar or white sugar
- 1 tbsp dried chilli flakes
- 1 tbsp roasted rice powder – Recipe below in method
- 1 ½ tbsp. lime juice
- 2 shallots
- 2 tbsp coriander stems – finely chopped
- 2 spring onions – cut into thin rings
- This one couldn't be easier! Simply place all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk to combine. I have photographed each step of this process but you really can wing it!
- It is important to taste as you go so that you get the perfect blend of sweet, sour and spicy.