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Herbed Nuoc Cham

  • SERVINGS: MAKES ABOUT 1/2 CUP
  • BASIC-EASY
  • FAST
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  1. 1 large garlic clove, halved
  2. 1 jalapeño, seeded and coarsely chopped
  3. 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons Vietnamese fish sauce (nuoc nam)
  5. 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  6. 2 tablespoons water
  7. 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  8. 2 tablespoons finely chopped spearmint
  1. In a mortar or a mini food processor, combine the garlic, jalapeño and light brown sugar, and pound or pulse until a paste forms. Transfer the garlic paste to a small bowl and stir in the remaining ingredients.
Make Ahead The sauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 day. Serve With Vietnamese Summer Rolls.