Nam phrik num
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Nam phrik num (foreground)
TypeDip or chili sauce
Place of originThailand
Region or stateSoutheast Asia
Created byNorthern Thai people
Main ingredientsChili peppers

Nam Phrik Num (Thai: น้ำพริกหนุ่ม, pronounced [nám pʰrík nùm]) is a kind of “Nam phrik”. It is commonly served in a small bowl or saucer placed by the main dish as a condiment or a dip, mostly for uncooked or boiled vegetables, sticky rice, or pork crackling.


Nam phrik num is made from fresh green or yellow chilis, long green aubergines, shallots, garlic, coriander leaves, and may contain Asian fish sauce, and fresh lime or lemon juice, all of which is pounded in a mortar. It is regularly served with rice and fresh seasonal vegetables.

Cooking method

Roast the chilies, aubergine, garlic, and whole shallots until the vegetables are soft or the skins just start to turn black.[1] Cut off the skin of the chilies and discard the seeds to make it less spicy if desired.[2] Finely chop chilies, shallots, and garlic and transfer to a bowl. To add more taste, add coriander leaves, fish sauce, and lemon juice and stir until all ingredients are mixed well.[1] The taste balance of Nam phrik num should be hot and sharp. If it is too hot add a little more sugar, lime juice or fish sauce. To blend and mellow flavors, leave covered for 30 minutes.[1] Serve with rice, spring onions, kap moo (pork crackling) and fresh or boiled vegetables.[1][2][3]

Nutritional content

A serving size of 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of Nam Phrik Num has 56.61 kilocalories, calories from fat 6.21 kilocalories, 0.69 grams (0.024 ounces) fat, 3.31 grams (0.117 ounces) protein, 9.29 grams (0.328 ounces) carbohydrate, and 4.97 grams (0.175 ounces) fiber.[3] Nam Phrik Num gives low level of fat and energy, but high level of fiber. The number of phenolic compounds in Nam phrik num is 499 mg GAE/100 g and it can neutralize free radicals (DPPH antioxidant activity; IC50) 0.29 grams per liter.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Chiang Mai Salsa(Nam Prik Num), Posted on 19 December 2010, Retrieved 13 October 2017,
  2. ^ a b Chiang Mai University, Lanna food(Namphrik num), Retrieved 13 October 2017,
  3. ^ a b c Nam Prik Noom (Green Pepper Chili Paste), Retrieved 13 October 2017,