Forget ketchup and mustard. No Vietnamese table is complete without dipping sauces. Vietnamese dipping sauces add layers of flavour to a range of dishes, from street food snacks to zesty salads. Discover three Vietnamese dipping sauces that will elevate your Vietnamese cooking to the next level.
Striking the perfect balance between salty, sweet, spicy and sour, nuoc cham is the quintessential Vietnamese dipping sauce. Using pungent fish sauce as its base, this flavourful sauce also features chilli, sugar, garlic and citrus juice. Also known as nuoc mam cham, it’s traditionally served alongside all manner of Vietnamese street snacks, including fried spring rolls and banh xeo pancakes, or drizzled over salads. Try this 10-minute nuoc cham recipe for authentic Vietnamese flavour at home.
Another lip-smacking dipping sauce from Vietnam is the rich and sticky hoisin dipping sauce that accompanies fresh rice paper rolls. Combining hoisin sauce, peanut butter, garlic, ginger and lemon, this sweet-savoury sensation is ready in no time. Try this version with these Vietnamese rice paper rolls.
There’s an easy way to add traditional Vietnamese flavour to your midweek meals – keep a bottle of Poonsin Vietnamese Dipping Sauce handy. Available in the Asian food aisle of your local supermarket, this balanced sauce offers an authentic shortcut, best served with fried snacks such as spring rolls and dumplings, tossed with noodles, or in Asian-style salads, like the mango and bean sprout salad served with these lamb cutlets.
For more Vietnamese cooking inspiration, stock your pantry and fridge with these traditional Vietnamese ingredients.
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