Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)

Lisa Romerein

This is the national condiment of Vietnam.

This recipe goes with Herb Noodle Salad (Bun)

Yield: Makes 1 cup
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 5.7
  • Calories from fat: 35%
  • Protein: 0.3g
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 0.6g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Sodium: 75mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg


  • 1/2 to 1 red or green bird chile or serrano, sliced into paper thin rings
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic (about 1 large clove)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice


  1. Put sliced chile in a small bowl. Add 1/2 cup warm water, garlic, fish sauce, and lime juice to bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Note: Nutritional analysis is per tablespoon.
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