This dressing or dipping sauce is great with fried fish! That's how mine was originally presented in one of my fried fish salad pictured below.
1/4 cup of wet seedless Tamarind (comes in a block).
1 cup of water
1/3 cup of sugar (Less if you don't like it sweet)
1.5 Asian soup spoon fish sauce
2 freshly chopped Thai chili
2 cloves of minced garlic
Juice of 1 large lime.
In a pan:
Put 1/4 cup of tamarind and 1 cup of water and cook the tamarind. Bring to broil and make sure it's all cooked together. Then I strain it and discard the pulp. Don't forget to scrap the bottom of the strainer as that's the best part.
Put the tamarind sauce back into the small pan. Mine yieldly exactaly 3/4 cup and add 1/3 cup of sugar and bring to a boil.
Then turn off and add 1 asian soup spoon of fish sauce.
Then add 2 chopped thai chili and 2 cloves of finely minced garlic.
Last: add the juice of an entire lime.