The quintessential Vietnamese Dipping Sauce: balancing the sour, sweet, and salty. Nuoc Cham is included on every Vietnamese table for every meal, either as a dip or a sauce to pour over a dish, and it is usually served in individual bowls. This sauce can also be used to dress dishes that include unsalted ingredients like lettuce and herbs. Have your mortar and pestle ready and give it a whirl:
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- 1 clove of garlic
- 2 thai chilies, finely sliced
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 tbsp. fish sauce
- Optional: thin slivers of carrot can be added into the sauce
- Combine garlic, sugar and chilies in a mortar and pestle. Pound until a paste is formed. Add the rest of the ingredients and rest for 15 minutes so the flavors combine. A couple of tablespoons of water may be added to the mixture.