Maawn Fermented Fish Paste
(กะปิมอญ ; gabpi maawn)

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By: Hanuman

Maawn Fermented Fish PasteIt is thought that gabpi maawn was introduced to Thai cuisine by the Mon people, an ethnic group of Burma.

gabpi maawn is made from the flesh of small fresh water fishes, such as Thai river sprat (ปลาชิว) and Siamese mud carp (ปลาสร้อย). The fishes are sun dried and then finely pounded. They are left to ferment with salt for a minimum of one month.

gabpi maawn is greenish-black in color and is less salty than shrimp made gabpi. It is an essential ingredient in curry pastes and can be substitute with only half the amount of fermented shrimp paste.

gabpi maawn refrigerated in a tight container last almost indefinitely.

3 comments… add one
  • Avatar Le-Quyen Mar 4, 2012, 5:31 am

    I try to find gabpi maawn in canada but didn’t any. How does it look like ? Is it in a bottle ? A brand in particular ?
    Thanks a lot

    • Avatar Hanuman Mar 4, 2012, 8:25 am

      Another name would be “gabpi dam” in Thai. it is made from fish. your best bet would be Burmese communities, or simply use fermented shrimp paste. make sure to adjust quantities if what you use is very salty…. cheers

  • Avatar Michael Mon Nov 20, 2014, 5:59 am

    (กะปิมอญ) you can order from USA now

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