Definition of nam pla in English:

nam pla


mass noun
  • (in Thai cuisine) a thin, pungent sauce made from fermented fish.

    • ‘Pour in enough miso or stock to cover, shake in a good measure of tamari or soy sauce, a drop or two of nam pla and sherry, stir and cover.’
    • ‘In Vietnam, it is called nuoc nam, in Thailand, nam pla, and in the Philippines, patis.’
    • ‘Add the sesame oil, nam pla, 1 beaten egg white (reserve yolk), sugar, and corn starch and blend.’
    • ‘Sugar, Lime juice, freshly minced chillies and nam pla (a fermented fish sauce widely used in South East Asia) are the basic ingredients of the Nam prik.’
    • ‘Stir in the coconut milk, lime zest or leaves, nam pla, peppercorns and half the herbs.’


Thai, from nam ‘water’ and pla ‘fish’.


nam pla

/nɑːm ˌplɑː//nam ˌplɑː/