Chim chum

Chim chum
Chim chum
Place of origin Laos or Cambodia, northeastern Thailand
Main ingredients Main ingredients : Pork, Chicken, Herbs, Vegetables
Cookbook: Chim chum  Media: Chim chum

Chim chum (Thai: จิ้มจุ่ม, pronounced [t͡ɕîm t͡ɕùm]) is a popular Thai street food, believed to have originated in Laos or Cambodia. It is traditionally made with chicken or pork and fresh herbs such as galangal, sweet basil, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, cooked in a small clay pot on a charcoal stove. It is often served with nam chim.

The name is derived from the words for dipping and dropping, the customary way of eating the dish.[1]


Literally the word chim chum derived from two Thai words: chim and chum. Chim means to dip in, while chum means to drop something down quickly or briefly in or into liquid. The name chim chum comes from the way we cook and eat this popular hot pot. Chim chum is an earthenware pot on a brazier at table top. The pot is filled with broth and to this you add various supplied vegetables and herbs. The herbs are often pulled from trees the selection criteria being as broad as bitterness to health aspects. Some dishes place a flower in the pot which is a unique bitterness. Thai Northeastern people call this dish chaeo hon (แจ่วฮ้อน)[2]

How to eat

You are served with a clay pot filled with broth. When the broth is boiling, then you first add the vegetables. This will lower the temperature in the pot a little and you should wait until it boils again before putting a piece of meat in the pot using your chopstick, and cook the meat for just less than one minute or until it’s cooked, then enjoy the meat by dipping it into the sauce (nam chim).

How to cook

Chim chum

Marinate the pork with oyster sauce, light soy sauce and sugar. Let sit in the fridge overnight. Bring the chicken stock to the boil, add in galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves. When the stock is fragrant, add in Thai Sweet Basil. Add the fresh vegetable to the broth. You want to start with the food that take longest to cook. Now bring the pot of boiling broth to the table. Each person cooks their meat by dipping it in the boil broth. When it is cooked, dip the meat into the sauce. Cook the glass noodles for a few minutes. Flavor noodles with a bit of sauce.


Together with the chim chum, some or most of the following secondary items are added.

Beside the originally chim chum you can added any of your favorite meat also.

Nam chim

To make nam chim, pound the garlic, coriander roots and sea salt in a mortar and pestle . Don’t reduce to a paste. Add the chillies and crush lightly. Mix in the palm sugar, fish sauce, lime juice and shallots. The longer the nam chim sits, the more intense the flavour will be. Best prepared 1 hour prior to using.[3]


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