Definition of nam pla in English:

nam pla

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Pronunciation: /nɑːm ˌplɑː
, nam ˌplɑː/


[mass noun]
(In Thai cuisine) a thin, pungent sauce made from fermented fish.
More example sentences
  • In Vietnam, it is called nuoc nam, in Thailand, nam pla, and in the Philippines, patis.
  • Stir in the coconut milk, lime zest or leaves, nam pla, peppercorns and half the herbs.
  • 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.


Thai, from nam 'water' and pla 'fish'.

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