A Thai restaurant in Los Angeles I frequent serves red peppers on many of their dishes. They are mild to medium spicy, very sweet, and likely pickled. Does this condiment have a name?

I'm going to ask next time I go. The condiment is pictured in bottom left of the bowl below. It just looks like red peppers.

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  • I think that you will get some guesses soon, but I wanted to point out that there are hundreds of different pepper cultivars, which cannot be distinguished by looks, or by broad terms like "medium spicy" - and restaurants, with very few high-end exceptions, don't actively care for the exact cultivar. They are probably using whatever their supplier happens to carry.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Jan 12, 2023 at 21:57
  • @rumtscho upon re-reading my question I'm making some edits. I'm not really looking for the type of pepper, but more the name of the prepared condiment. Commented Jan 12, 2023 at 23:11
  • Thanks for the edit, it looks more answerable now.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Jan 12, 2023 at 23:31
  • Could those just be pickled peppers?
    – SirHawrk
    Commented Jan 13, 2023 at 13:32

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Looks like just Nam Som Prik, pickled peppers in vinegar. These get made with any of the various peppers used in Thailand, and as such can vary from "medium spicy" to "OMG where's the water".

  • thanks! I ended up getting some sweet peppers after the red jalapenos were... too much. i'll see if it's easy as adding vinegar. i'm guessing the restaurant i go to adds sugar. Commented Jan 17, 2023 at 22:16
  • They might. Best flavor is if you can get your hands on some palm sugar.
    – FuzzyChef
    Commented Jan 17, 2023 at 23:45

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