Nuoc Cham

Nuoc Cham
Photo by Scott Phillips


  • 6 Tbs. fish sauce
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. chile-garlic sauce (tuong ot toi)
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh garlic

Combine the garlic, sugar, and chile-garlic sauce in a large mortar and mash to a paste. (Or combine them on your cutting board and mash to a coarse paste using a fork and the back of a spoon.) Scrape the paste into a small bowl and add the fish sauce, lime juice, and 6 Tbs. water. Whisk until th...

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Variations on Nuoc Cham

  • Nuoc Cham
    • 3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce (preferably nuoc mam)
    • 2 small thin fresh red or green Asian chilies or serrano chilies
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • +2 other ingredients
  • Nuoc Cham
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

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