This is as authentically Thai as I am. Not at all! But, remember when anything with peanut and hot flavours = Thai? That’s when this cheap dish evolved.
In a microwave safe cup, put
1/3 cup water
3 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp soy sauce
1-2 tsp hot sauce
2 tsp sugar, brown sugar or honey
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp garlic powder
Heat for 1 minute and stir. Done. Keeps in the fridge for months
THE IMPORTANT PART
When you are poor: This sauce can be put on rice or noodles and eaten as is!!! It makes a meal.
This can be used to cook meat in a casserole with onions and carrots or most vegetables.
It makes a stir fry with meat or seafood or vegetable.
This makes a kickass salad dressing.
And a sauce for pita sandwiches.
And a vegetable dip.
Or a fruit dip.
It has saved my budget for decades