Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)

Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham) Recipe
James Carrier

Notes: You can make this sauce up to 1 day ahead; cover and chill.


Makes about 1 1/2 cups

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Nutritional Information

Calories 18
Caloriesfromfat 30 %
Protein 0.8 g
Fat 0.6 g
Satfat 0.1 g
Carbohydrate 2.3 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Sodium 199 mg
Cholesterol 0.0 mg


1/2 cup Asian fish sauce (nuoc mam or nam pla)
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons minced hot red chili, such as Thai, serrano, jalapeño, or Fresno, or Asian red chili paste


In a bowl, mix 1/2 cup water, fish sauce, vinegar, lime juice, sugar, and garlic. Add minced chili to taste.

March 2002
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