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Nuoc Cham


Yields about 1 cup.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 72

Sweet, salty, tangy, and spicy, this is the classic Vietnamese dipping sauce.

  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. chile-garlic sauce (tuong ot toi)
  • 6 Tbs. fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

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):
Size : per 1 oz. (approx. 2 Tbs.), Calories (kcal): 34, Fat (kcal): 0, Fat Calories (g): 0, Saturated Fat (g): 0, Protein (g): 1, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0, Carbohydrates (mg): 8, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 0, Sodium (g): 1043, Cholesterol (g): 0, Fiber (g): 0,

Photo: Scott Phillips

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