Thai Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns (น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด ; naam phrik phrik thai soht)

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By: Hanuman, Thaan Khun and Chef Thapakorn Lertviriyavit (Gorn)

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Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns ; น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด

Studded with small green peppercorns that burst with a mild peppery pungency, this relish is not as spicy as one might expect from a Thai chili relish – nor does the sour taste serve as a noticeable flavor pillar. Instead, a warmer and softer peppery bite, coupled with the aroma of young pepper, delivers a complex kick. The peppercorns, together with the flavorful yellow chilies, wrap the pork’s natural umami and fatty characters and enhance its natural sweetness; this sweetness, despite being placed far in the back and only appearing at the end of each bite, is nicely layered by the use of shrimp meat and palm sugar.

The relish can be served either as a dip with an assortment of leaves and vegetables, with a Thai omelet or soft boiled eggs, or just mixed with rice for a delicious meal.

This recipe is attributed to Morm Luang Klong Chaiyan (Sanitwong) (หม่อมหลวงคลอง ไชยันต์) (สนิทวงศ์) who served as a personal secretary to Queen Rambhai Barni of Siam (the wife of King Rama 7). The recipe is also listed in the book, Favorite Dishes, by Princess Jongjittanom Dissakul (อาหารของโปรด ของหม่อมเจ้าจงจิตรถนอม ดิศกุล)

Thai Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns Recipe
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The relish can be served either as a dip with an assortment of leaves and vegetables, with a Thai omelet or soft boiled eggs, or just mixed with rice for a delicious meal.
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Recipe type: Relish
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 4

Ingredients

 
  • 1/2 cup pork belly, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 tablespoons fermented shrimp paste (kapi), grilled
  • 3 tablespoons Thai garlic, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons dried shrimp, pounded
  • 10 pcs fresh yellow chilies
  • 10 pcs fresh bird's eye chilies
  • 4 tablespoons madan, thinly sliced (sour cucumber, มะดัน)
  • 1/2 cup fresh peppercorns
  • palm sugar 1 tablespoon
  • fish sauce 1 tablespoon
  • pork lard or oil 3 tablespoons
Serve with
  • Assortment of fresh vegetables such as fresh small eggplants, cucumber and rose apple
Method
  1. Slice the pork into small pieces.
    Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns ; น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด
  2. Peel the shrimp and crush them with a heavy knife. It will improve their texture.
    Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns ; น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด
  3. Using a knife, roughly mince the shrimp. Set aside.
    Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns ; น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด
  4. In a pestle and mortar, pound fermented shrimp paste (grilled in banana leaves with garlic) with the garlic until you get a smooth consistency.
    Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns ; น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด
  5. Add pounded dried shrimp.
    Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns ; น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด
  6. Add yellow chilies and bird’s eye chilies.
    Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns ; น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด
  7. Pound the paste until all the chilies are bruised, but small chunks of yellow chilies remain.
    Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns ; น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด
  8. Add sliced madan.
    Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns ; น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด
  9. Pound everything together.
    Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns ; น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด
  10. Add fresh green peppercorns.
    Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns ; น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด
  11. Season with palm sugar and fish sauce.
    Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns ; น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด
  12. Pound everything together. Set aside.
    Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns ; น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด
  13. Place a seasoned wok over medium heat, and add pork fat (or oil). Fry the sliced pork until it is almost cooked.
    Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns ; น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด
  14. Add the shrimp meat; fry until the pork and shrimp are well cooked.
    Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns ; น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด
  15. Add the chili paste and fry until fragrant.
    Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns ; น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด
  16. Serve.
    Chili Relish with Pork, Shrimp and Fresh Peppercorns ; น้ำพริก พริกไทยสด