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Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 1 cup.

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

Nutritional Information

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


  • 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.


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