2 T minced garlic
 2 T kapi (shrimp paste)
 2 T lime juice
 2 T [palm] sugar
 2 T fish sauce
 Lightly fry the shrimp paste to bring out the aromas, and discard any
 oil that is forced out by the heat. Mix the ingredients with half the
 fish sauce in a food processor and taste add more fish sauce until it is
 just salty enough for you.
 
 Variation:  add [up to] 6 finely sliced red chillis.
 
 Once you have your dressings, you are ready to make one of a number of
 Thai dips.
 
 1:) Nam Jim Mamuang
 
 prepare one cup of shredded green (i.e. unripe) mango, and combine it
 with the dressing.
 
 Variation instead of shredding the mango just julienne it. If you use
 the chilli variation of the dressing the result is a Som Dam Mamuang (an
 Isan variant - the normal som dam is made with papaya).
 
 2: Use a cup of coarsely chopped pineapple (nam jim sapparot).
 
 3: Try a cup of any chopped fruit.
 
 4: A variation my wife calls Nam Jim Luk Koei (kai luk koei is “son in
 law eggs” and is done with fried hard boiled [quails] eggs in a
 caramelised onion sauce). Take a cup of mixed “round things” -
 mareschino cherries, cherry tomatoes, cocktail olives, hard boiled
 quails eggs. Mix with the dressing[s] and serve on cocktail sticks.
 
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 A variation my wife calls “devil’s finger food”
 
 take about 2 T of shrimp paste, and fry it. Mix in about 1 T of sliced
 red chillis. Use this mixture to stuff pitted olives (instead of the
 usual bland pimento) and serve it with a hot version of the chilli
 dressing from above.
 
 Caveat: Even I find this a little hot..