Chemical Warfare in Food Form: The Most Effective Hot Sauce Ever

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Dave Lieberman

It's not exactly a secret that I love Thai Nakorn in Garden Grove and Stanton. My happiest lunches are when I open the menu to the page marked "Thai Nakorn Special", close my eyes, and point. Crispy catfish and shredded mango salad? Yes, please. Dry-fried, sausage-stuffed squid? YES, please.

I usually eat in, though, and get the Wheel O'Chiles put on my table with the pickled chile paste, the green chiles floating in vinegar and the dry toasted Thai bird chiles. These all provide the required heat to Thai food, but when I stopped by the other day to get take-out (skip the pad Thai, by the way, in favor of the other wonderful things on the menu) I got the two tiny cups pictured above.

They've developed what has to be the most pungent, most effective hot sauce in Orange County. Note that I didn't say the hottest--though it packs a huge chile punch, it's not technically as hot as things like Dave's Insanity Sauce or the other powdered-capsaicin-and-vinegar creations intended for 19-year-old boys with something to prove.

This sauce, which appears to be made from chiles, fish sauce and vinegar, was so strong that upon leaving it open on my desk at work, a few minutes later I had people asking what on Earth I was eating and to please stop gassing them. They weren't kidding--my eyes were watering. You could load this stuff into plastic water pistols and cause some serious damage.

The best part, though? It tasted AMAZING. A big chile burn and a deep funkiness that vinegar alone wouldn't have developed.

I just can't eat it at work.

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Location Info

Thai Nakorn

11951 Beach Blvd., Stanton, CA

Category: Restaurant


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Alex Staff
Alex Staff

Heh, that sounds like potent stuff. While it's not manageable in public areas like the workplace, hot sauce that hot is perfect when you're out and ready to sweat! Seriously, that spicy tang kinda gives you a boost of energy when it counts!

cBc
cBc

wow..can't believe you brought that into work, it would be like instant Fire Drill . Everybody OUT!Loves me some Thai Nakorn & their Special menu, tho' last time I had their stuffed squid it was really off, the squid was so chewy it just killed it for me. But their Nam Sod w/ crispy rice saved the day.

Steve Gomez
Steve Gomez

Thai Nakorn has the best beef panang in the US.  Tell me otherwise.

Melissa
Melissa

It's just nam pla prik - Thai chiles in fish sauce, like they serve at almost every Thai restaurant. Have you never used it in the jars on the table at other restaurants?

Granted, Thai Nakorn's tastes rather unique because of the type of fish sauce they use and the vinegar, but I don't think it's any spicier than other nam pla prik I get at other spots (or spicier than the jar I keep at home).

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

I can't tell you otherwise. To tell you otherwise would be lying. Even Lotus of Siam and Sripraphai can't match it. It's INSANELY good.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Never as pungent as this, though, Melissa... and oddly, nam pla prik isn't on the "wheel o' chiles" brought to the table there.

Melissa
Melissa

No, it isn't. I always ask for theirs, though, and you are certainly right about it being peculiarly pungent. I've remarked plenty about how unique everything is at Nakorn (quick nod to Edwin for getting me to go back there after initial mediocre experience).

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