Ingredients:
  • 2 medium tomatoes or large tomato
  • 3 large shallots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 sprigs fresh cilantro
  • Fish sauce
  • Salt, sugar

Method:
  1. Cook washed tomatoes, shallots and peeled garlic cloves on a cast iron pan, in an oven or on a charcoal bed,.
  2. Once the ingredients are cooked and have a little char, mash them together in a mortar beginning with cloves of garlic and shallots then tomatoes. They should not be pureed, but pieces should remain present in the mixture.
  3. Add 1 / 2 teaspoon sugar, a tablespoon of fish sauce and salt.
  4. Prepare a small bowl and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.


This sauce goes well with plain steamed vegetables, another surprising Lao dish! It's equally delightful with grilled meat and plain sticky rice.