Chili and Vinegar Sauce

chili & vinegar sauce, or ‘prik naam som’ is a primarily sour (but also spicy) condiment used to flavor noodles.



  1. Mash the garlic, chilies and salt in a stone mortar and pestle until a paste.
  2. Add the vinegar & sugar and mix well.


Be *very* careful when you mash up the chilies, bits of chilies can fly out of the mortar and are very painful if the end up in your eye. I place one hand over the top of the mortar so that things hit my hand instead of flying out.

You can store chili & vinegar sauce in the refrigerator for weeks, if not months.