Definition of nam pla in English:

nam pla

noun

  • Thai term for fish sauce.

    See also fish sauce
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Stir in the coconut milk, lime zest or leaves, nam pla, peppercorns and half the herbs.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

nam pla

/ˌnäm ˈplä/