Would you like to spice up your Thanksgiving dinner a little bit? Maybe something exotic like “Thai Dipping Sauce” with lots of herbs, aka Nam Jim Jaew / Nam Chim Chaeo (น้ำจิ้มแจ่ว)? This dip goes well with your roasted menus. For example, roasted turkey, roasted pork, chicken, etc. The dip taste is a good mix of sour, sweet, and a little bit salty. Besides, this dip also comes with a pleasant roasted aroma. This aroma would add a more pleasant scent to your grilled dish. Today I am going to share with you an easy recipe (4 Portions). It would take only about 10 mins to follow this recipe. Are you ready? Let’s cook it together then!!
Ingredients for Thai Dipping Sauce Recipe:
- Fish sauce 10 tbsp.
- Lime juice 10 tbsp.
- Sugar 1 tbsp.
- Coriander 2 tbsp.
- Chopped spring onion 2 tbsp.
- Shallot 1
- Khao Khua* 3 tbsp.
- Chilli 1-2 tbsp. (Optional)
- Culantro 2 tbsp. (Optional)
How to Make Thai Dipping Sauce or Nam Jim Jaew:
1. Mix all liquid ingredients and sugar.
2. Add all other ingredients.
Super easy, right? That’s why I like this recipe 🙂
**Thai Language Nerd Corner: “Nam Jim Jaew or Nam Chim Chaeo?”**
Nam Chim or Nam Jim refer to Thai dipping sauces. Usually, Thai dipping sauce has sweet, sour, and savory flavors. Nam Jim Jaew or Nam Chim Chaeo is one of the most popular dipping sauces.
But why are there several ways of spelling? How to write/read/pronounce “Nam Jim Jaew or Nam Chim Chaeo”? If you’ve ever found that Thai transliteration spelling is so confusing. You are not ALONE!! Transliteration’s also confusing for Thai people too. That is because there is no official Thai transliteration standard. Many people kind of invent their own systems. We can discuss this in depth later. Anyway, today I have prepared all information to crack “How to read Thai words?” and “How to pronounce Thai dish names properly?” for you already, as follows:
- Thai language: น้ำจิ้มแจ่ว
- Phonetics: /nam˦˥.t͡ɕim˥˩.t͡ɕɛːw˧/
- Transliteration (Thai Royin National Standard): nam-chim-chaeo
- Another Transliteration (Paiboon publishing): nám-jîm-jɛɛo
- Popular Transliteration (Popular): Nam-Jim-Jaew
All literate Thai people understand “น้ำจิ้มแจ่ว” from the first line (Thai language). Then you can use the phonetics above as a reference for the most accurate pronunciation. However, there are too many versions of transliteration because the central standard from government authorities is not so popular. And it’s not popular because most Thai people do not know how to apply that standard system accurately. Therefore, many people create their “own system.” As a result, no wonder why there are so many versions of transliteration. Please feel free to email me to discuss this “fun and interesting” part of learning Thai language.
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