Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese Dipping Sauce)

Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese Dipping Sauce)
Photo by Ben Fink


  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • 2 to 3 Thai bird chiles (or 1 small jalapeño or serrano chile), cored, seeded, and minced; more or less to taste
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • ½ tsp. ground chile paste; more or less to taste
  • 2 Tbs. shredded carrots (optional)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • + 1 more ingredients
    • 2/3 cup hot water

In a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic and fresh chiles to a paste. (Or mince them together with a knife.) In a small bowl, combine this garlic and chile mixture with the chile paste, hot water, and sugar. Stir well. Add the fish sauce and lime juice and combine. Float the carrots on top. Let s...

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