This is a very popular Cambodian dipping sauce; creamy and complex flavor will have you coming back for more! You can eat it with rice or like finger food; dipping an assortment of vegetables into the sauce.
- 1 cup pea eggplant*
- 6 fresh bird’s eye chili* whole
- 3 tbsp cooking oil
- 3 tbsp prahok paste*
- 3.5 ounces Angkor Lemongrass Paste
- 3 tbsp Angkor California chili powder
- 14 ounces coconut cream
- 2.5 tsp sugar
- 6 leaves Fresh Makrut lime leaves*
- 1 pound of ground pork
- 3 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
- 2 lemons slice into wedges
- fresh and crispy vegetables**
- Roasting Eggplant and Chili: Roast pea eggplant and bird’s eye chili in cast iron pan over med heat, set aside.
- Preparing the Based: In a small pot, heat oil, add prahok over medium-low heat, stir constantly until the mixture is bubbly. Add lemongrass paste continue stirring until most of the water is dehydrated. Add California chili powder, mix well, and continue stirring until paste is uniform without sticking to utensils. Add sugar and the top part of the coconut cream (the top ½ can of can). Stir constantly until the mixture turns into red oil. Crush 5 kaffir lime leaves and add to the sauce, mix well.
- Cooking the Pork: Add pork to the base, turn the heat to med-high, stir occasionally to prevent burning on bottom of the pot. Continue cooking for about 8-10 minutes until the pork is done and least 165ºF, stir occasionally.
- Adding Remaining Ingredients: Add roasted eggplant and chili, mix well. Add the remaining coconut milk continue cooking until softly bubble. Salt to taste. Turn off the heat, add garlic, mix well.
Serving suggestion: Garnish with julienned kaffir lime leaves and serve with steamed rice, crispy veggies, and lime or lemon. * Substitute
- Pea eggplants with green peas
- Fresh bird’s eye chili with dried ones
- Prahok paste with anchovy paste
- Fresh Makrut lime leaves with dried Makrut lime leaves