Nuoc Cham – Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

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This easy to make sauce is sweet, sour, and salty and goes with a lot of things. I made it to dress a Vietnamese cold noodle dish. It is frequently used by the Vietnamese as a dipping sauce for spring rolls. This recipe was adapted from Serious Eats.

1 cup hot water

½ cup sugar

½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2-1/2 limes)

1/3 cup fish sauce

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 bird’s eye chili, finely chopped

Dissolve the sugar in the hot water. Add the lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, and chili, and stir well. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator.


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