At first glance you might interpret it to be a kitchen cloth mixed with a variety of herbs and seasonings. In fact the name of this popular Isan dish is called ‘Yum Pah Kee Riew’ (ยําผ้าขี้ริ้ว) which translates into a rag salad. Rest assure, no rags were utilized into the making of this dish and the main ingredient is that of cow tripe.
To those unwilling to venture and try out new ingredients, the mere mentioning of tripe can send ignite a sense of nausea and send them into a squeamish frenzy.
To those accustomed to this remarkable ingredient, it is considered just another food source and considered an absolute delight.
The poignant chewy texture of the tripe is made simply with the following ingredients:
- Culantro (yes, that’s spelled correctly, cilantro is another type of herb)
- Green onions
- Mint Leaves
- Grounded roasted rice
- Fish Sauce
- Lime Juice
- Granulated Sugar
- Red chili Flakes
All these ingredients create a sweet, salty, sour, and spicy combination persuading the person to grab another spoonful. This dish is normally consumed with the Thai sticky rice and is normally rolled up into a ball, then dipped into the sauce of the dish for extra added flavor.
Hoping to find this dish to give it a try and let your palettes experience the flavors of Thailand’s Northeastern cuisine? This dish can be typically found at any ‘Isan’ shop. Therefore, if you can overcome the appearance of the dish, then I recommend you to try the tripe.