Cilantro Bud Hot Sauce (Hmong)

Cilantro Bud Hot Sauce
Cilantro Bud Hot Sauce
This spicy, fragrant sauce is made from cilantro buds, Thai chiles, and fish sauce.Ingalls Photography

This spicy, fragrant sauce from Minnesota-based writer Amy Thielen is delicious served with roasted meats and grilled fish. This recipe first appeared with the 2015 SAVEUR 100 item Let Your Garden Go to Seed.

Cilantro Bud Hot Sauce (Hmong)
This spicy, fragrant sauce from Minnesota-based writer Amy Thielen is delicious served with roasted meats and grilled fish.
Yield: makes About 1/2 Cup

Ingredients

  • 34 tsp. sugar
  • 3 small green Thai chiles, stemmed
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 12 cup each green bolted cilantro buds and minced cilantro stems (or 1 cup minced cilantro roots, stems, and leaves)
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 12 tsp. fish sauce
  • 1 tsp. canola oil

Instructions

  1. Using a large mortar (or small food processor), crush sugar, chiles, garlic, and salt into a paste. Add cilantro buds and stems and pound into a coarse paste. Stir in remaining ingredients.