Nam priks, the hot dips of Northern Thailand

02/5/2013

The familiar hot-sour-salty-sweet flavor combinations that dominate in Bangkok and central Thailand make scant appearance up north. The northern Thai cook’s touchstones are dips known as nam prik ("chili water" is the literal translation), small bowls of concentrated flavor that pair beautifully with the fresh herbs and blanched or uncooked vegetables, such as fresh and leafy greens, cucumbers, tart cherry tomatoes and winter squash, that are always presented alongside. Check out the trio of recipes.

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