Nam Prik Ong – Thai Pork and Tomato Dip
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In a mortar and pestle, grind the garlic cloves, Thai chilis, and a pinch of salt together. Add the shrimp paste, and small amounts of cilantro and tomato for flavor and consistency until a coarse paste is formed.
In a large pan, cook the onion in the oil on low heat for a few minutes until they begin to sizzle and “bloom”.
Add your paste to the onions and stir until the flavors have married.
Add the rest of the tomatoes to the pan and lightly stir until the tomatoes begin to break down.
Add your ground pork and salt to taste, then keep lightly stirring until all the pork has cooked thoroughly.
Add cilantro, scallions, and some water as needed until the mixture reaches desired consistency.
Spoon and serve with sliced cucumber, green beans, quartered Thai eggplant slices, and pork rinds.