Prik Pao Thailand Like Sriracha? Prik pao puts the vaulted condiment to shame. You’ll often notice the funky smell of prik pao before you see street food vendors cooking it in their woks. The blend of garlic, shallots, shrimp paste, dried shrimp, tamarind, and whole dried chilies is sour, spicy, garlicky, and strangely addictive. Thai cuisine often deploys the paste in stir-fries for a kick of complexity, though you’ll also find it providing a depth charge of flavor in some tom yum soups.