Sweet, salty, tangy, and spicy, this is the classic Vietnamese dipping sauce.
Combine the garlic, sugar, and chile-garlic sauce in a large mortar and mash to a paste. (Or combine them on your cutting board and mash to a coarse paste using a fork and the back of a spoon.) Scrape the paste into a small bowl and add the fish sauce, lime juice, and 6 Tbs. water. Whisk until the sugar dissolves. Serve in individual bowls for dipping or refrigerate, covered, for up to a week.
nutrition information (per serving):
per 1 oz. (approx. 2 Tbs.), Calories
0, Fat Calories
0, Saturated Fat
1, Monounsaturated Fat
8, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips