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Warning: This versatile Vietnamese condiment has addictive sweet, salty, sour, and spicy properties. Mix it in a jar, fine-tuning the flavors to your liking by adding more or less of any ingredient. Spoon it on anything grilled, use it to dress shredded cabbage for slaw, toss it with soba noodles, marinate chicken or seafood with it, or use it as a dipping sauce for spring rolls, dumplings, or kebabs.

Katie Barreira
Recipe by Cooking Light July 2015


Credit: Grey Dupree; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Recipe Summary

Serves 8 (serving size: 2 tablespoons)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine water and sugar in a jelly jar or small container with tight-fitting lid. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds or until sugar dissolves. Add remaining ingredients; shake to combine. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.


Nutrition Facts

17 calories; carbohydrates 4g; sodium 239mg; calcium 5mg.