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Sweet-and-Sour Dipping Sauce

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 1 cup

A classic dipping sauce in both Vietnam (where it’s called nuoc cham) and Cambodia (where it’s called tuk trey), this combination of fish sauce, lime juice, chile, and sugar is perfect for serving with Pork and Shrimp Summer Rolls. If you have any extra, toss it with shredded cabbage for an Asian coleslaw.


  • 1/4 cup packed palm sugar or light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small fresh red Thai bird chile, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (from about 2 medium limes)

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size per 1 Tbs.
  • Calories (kcal) : 15
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 0
  • Fat (g): 0
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 360
  • Carbohydrates (g): 5
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 0


  • In a small bowl, whisk the sugar and fish sauce until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is syrupy. Stir in 2 Tbs. water, the garlic, chile, and lime juice to taste.

Make Ahead Tips

You can make the sauce up to 1 day ahead and refrigerate it in an airtight container. Serve at room temperature.


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  • Dparkercooks | 07/18/2012

    Fast, easy dipping sauce. Great with fresh rolls and dumplings. Keeps forever in the fridge.

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