Every time our family eats in a Thai restaurant, I order Nam Sod. And I usually don’t want to share it. Nam Sod is a Thai Pork Salad that’s truly addictive! Spicy, crunchy, cool and hot, you get a bit of everything in this unique symphony of flavors. It’s one of the easiest Thai recipes I’ve made!
Eating out can be pricey and time consuming though, so I set out to try to duplicate Nam Sod at home. It took many tries, but I’m pretty happy with the result!
It was just a matter of getting right combination of some basic spices, ginger, lime juice and hot peppers. (Which you can leave out of your Nam Sod if you’d like!)
Surprisingly, my favorite Thai Cookbook didn’t include a recipe for Nam Sod. I’ts a such a popular Thai Recipe I thought it would be included for sure!
I found a few online and ended up adapting one from Thai Kitchen, which offers a very basic make at home Nam Sod recipe.
My recipe adds a lot more bold flavors to the Thai Pork Salad and is served with both cabbage and lettuce leaves, which is how I’ve always seen it served in restaurants.
I’m also really generous with the ginger and lime juice. Those two ingredients are what make this Nam Sod taste authentic!
Be careful handling hot peppers! Some people actually use gloves to chop jalapenos or Serrano peppers. I don’t but I SCRUB my hands afterwards.
When you make the Ginger Lime dressing, I suggest adding the ginger and spices a bit at a time, then taste it and decide if you’d like to add more.
How to Serve Nam Sod – Thai Pork Salad
This Thai Pork Salad can be served warm, cold or at room temperature. It’s also great the second day as leftovers because the ground pork has an extra day to soak up the delicious juices!
I used a Serrano pepper sliced very thinly in this recipe and removed some, but not all of the seeds to reduce the heat. You could also do the same thing with a jalapeno or a Thai Chili pepper but be CAREFUL with Thai Chilis, they are HOT!.
You can even make this Nam Sod Recipe in One skillet!
I think one of the keys to making this recipe taste like authentic Nam Sod cooking is to make sure the red onion is sliced VERY thinly and the carrots are in tiny matchstick slices. That way, you get a little bit of each ingredient in each bit without being overpowered by a big chunk of pungent red onion.
Nam Sod- Thai Pork Salad is one of the easiest Thai Food recipes out there!
I used my mandolin to slice the carrots but it you don’t have one you can easily get by with your handy dandy vegetable peeler.
Off to Thailand we go! How did you like your Nam Sod? Did you make your Spicy Pork Salad hotter or milder than I did?
Love to hear your comments and questions
Nam Sod – Thai Pork Salad
An easy and authentic home version of a favorite Thai Salad. Can be served as an appetizer or a main dish salad.
1 pound ground pork
1/2 a red onion, peeled and sliced very thinly
1 carrot, peeled and julienned into matchstick size pieces
1 Serrano, Jalapeno or Thai Chili Pepper, sliced very thinly.
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Juice of 3 limes (About 1/3 Cup juice. Zest one lime for garnish before juicing.)
3 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
3 Tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 scallions, chopped
1 1/2 to 2 Tablespoons freshly grated ginger
1/2 cup chopped Cilantro, plus more for garnish
Crushed Red Pepper, Salt and Pepper to taste
2 or 3 tablespoons chopped unsalted peanuts
1 small Green Cabbage
4 large, outer Romaine Lettuce leaves
- Cook pork over medium high heat in 2 tablespoons water. Let cool.
- Combine lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, rice wine vinegar, sugar, crushed red pepper and ginger in a small bowl.
- Add half the Serrano pepper and ginger.
- Taste and add more ginger, Serrano pepper, crushed red pepper plus salt and pepper to taste.
- Add most of the red onion, green onion and cilantro to the pork.
- Add dressing and toss lightly.
- Serve on top of lettuce leaves with cabbage leaves on the side.
- Garnish with carrots, cilantro and peanuts
- Eat as lettuce and cabbage wraps or as a salad.
- Can substitute chicken or turkey for pork.