Crying Tiger Sauce

 A few years ago I was in the Thai border town of Nong Khai which faces the capital city of Laos, Vientiane, just across the Mekong River, it was in a tiny but very popular restaurant there where I first tasted this version of Crying Tiger sauce. I've encountered many different versions of this sauce over the years, some good, some not so good. In its simplest form this sauce is just a basic น้ำจิ้ม "Nahm Jim" or dipping sauce.The Lao owner & chef was kind enough to share her recipe with me, thicker and smokier than other sauces of this type I had come across before, it became one of my favourites, hope you like it! A word of caution, this is one hot sauce!
Tamarind. Coconut Palm Sugar.Thai Fish Sauce.(Fish). Roasted Jasmine Rice. Roasted Red Chillies. Sunflower Oil.Rice Vinegar.Salt. 
Allergen advice. For allergens, see ingredients in bold.
Contents will cook 500g (1 lb) meat.
No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Gluten free.
Shelf life 12 months from packing date.
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Based on 13 reviews
Addictively spicy and tasty!

This is the first time I’ve had a Crying Tiger dish, so can’t make any comparisons with other versions, but it’s one of the nicest things I’ve ever eaten. I made it following Nitsa’s recipe, marinated the steak overnight, served with rice, asparagus, broccoli and green beans on the side. As described, it is very spicy and I’m used to spicy food, but not so spicy that it burns my mouth for 10 minutes and masks all the flavours. If you want a less spicy dish, you could just use it as a steak marinade and omit the dipping sauce, as it compliments the flavour of steak very well. I reckon one sachet could marinate three or four small to medium sized steaks, or two large ones. I used about a third of the paste to marinate a medium sized steak, so had 2 thirds left for the dip. There was quite a lot of dip left at the end, so next time I’ll buy more steak.

A very natural, fresh tasting sauce that’s obviously been made with top quality ingredients. Highly recommended if you like something spicy and tangy.

I'm coming back for more!

I've had thai pastes before and thought I had found the best with 'taste of thai', but these are something else!!! Get them all because you wont find better!

Tom (Isle of Wight)

Best pastes available outside Thailand.

We love Thai food and have spent years trying to create a green curry that tastes authentic and of restaurant standard.

These pastes are the closest we've ever been to recreating that authentic taste.

Will be buying many more.


Crying tiger sauce, better then the restaurants.

Tears of Joy

My friend and amateur Asian food scholar Paul B made me a crying tiger steak a year or so ago. Our analysis was the same: totally delicious but the sauce could have been a little hotter in the chili department. His review is listed above. I bought my own sauce and tried it last week with a sirloin steak. I'm delighted to report that it now has a kick like a mule and a lovely tart flavour that made me cry tears of joy. This is delicious but be warned - it is hot enough to melt steel beams.

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