sour dipping sauce (ແຈ່ວສົ້ມ—jaew som)

Chili dipping sauce is served as a side to most meals in Laos. This popular Lao dip is locally known as jaew som(ແຈ່ວສົ້ມ). Jaew(ແຈ່ວ) means chili dipping sauce; som(ສົ້ມ) means sour. Jaew som is a basic dipping sauce with lime juice for a sour flavor that goes well with fresh vegetables.

A simple and delicious dish with no cooking required, this makes a great side dish, appetizer, or snack for various occasions. Just pound ingredients into sauce and serve with fresh vegetables, such as long bean, cucumber, and apple eggplant.


(serves 2)

2 clove garlic
4 bird’s eye chili
2 dash salt
8 shallot (option: roasted)
½ tablet palm sugar
1 lime juice
coriander leaf (optional)

• pound garlic, chili, salt, shallot, sugar
• add lime, coriander leaf
• serve