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Herbed Nuoc Cham

Yield MAKES ABOUT 1/2 CUP

Ingredients

  • 1 large garlic clove, halved
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Vietnamese fish sauce (nuoc nam)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped spearmint

How to Make It

  1. In a mortar or a mini food processor, combine the garlic, jalapeño and light brown sugar, and pound or pulse until a paste forms. Transfer the garlic paste to a small bowl and stir in the remaining ingredients.

  2. Make Ahead: The sauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 day.