Vietnamese dipping sauces come in all kinds of flavours. They are served quite often as condiments. Nuoc Cham is one such sauce – a sweet, sour, salty and spicy sauce – which enriches Southeast Asian cuisine by a great deal.
Why not enrich your own cooking? Here’s a simple 10 minute Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce recipe to try out at home.
1 garlic clove
3 small red chillies
140 ml fish sauce
130 gm sugar
2 tbsp water
1 lemon, juiced
1. Pound the garlic and chillies to a paste in a mortar. Using a pestle and mortar helps release more flavours but if you don’t have one, you can alternatively chop them finely with a knife.
2. Combine the fish sauce, palm sugar, water, and lemon juice in a bowl.
3. Stir thoroughly until the sugar has dissolved.
4. Stir in the garlic and chilli paste; the chilli should float on the surface.
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