Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce

This indispensable dipping sauce is served with every Vietnamese meal.

 

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  • Servings: Makes about 2 1/2 CUPS
KEY: Asian, Southeast Asian, Vietnamese, Sauces & Condiments, Basic/Easy, Fast, No-Cook

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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon crushed hot red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fish sauce (nuoc mam)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 small carrot—finely shredded, rinsed and squeezed dry
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup sugar

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small dish, soak the hot pepper in the vinegar for 2 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the fish sauce, lime juice, carrot, garlic and sugar. Stir in 1 1/2 cups warm water and the hot pepper-vinegar mixture. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Serve at room temperature. Store the sauce in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Notes

Nuoc mam is available at Asian markets.

Contributed By Published August 2013

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