Vietnamese Nuoc Cham Sauce

    5 minutes

    Classic Vietnamese dipping sauce - it's great for dipping spring rolls, rice paper rolls and for serving with Lemongrass Beef Skewers.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon dried crushed chillies (or one fresh chilli with seeds, chopped)
    • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice
    • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
    • 225ml water

    Preparation:5min  ›  Ready in:5min 

    1. In a medium bowl combine the garlic, chillies, sugar, lime juice, fish sauce and water. Mix all together, adjusting to taste.

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    I've been making this sauce for years. First of all, I would double the recipe, second combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to boil, the heat intensify the flavor, especially the garlic. I keep tasting it and adding more fish sauce, lime juice and sugar as needed until I like it. Doing it this way, you also dissolve all the sugar, so the sugar wouldn't just settle to the bottom.  -  03 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    thie recipe for nuaoc cham is what i've been looking for!! i get cravings for good vietnamese cooking (something i miss since moving away from home for school) and this recipe tastes delicious with everything: rice, vermicelli noddles, spring rolls, summer rolls, and other vietnamese dishes. try it and you will love it. i guarantee it.  -  22 Aug 2000  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I'm feel bad giving this recipe such a bad rating. Vietnamese food is my favorite and this sauce did not taste right at all. The garlic over powered everything!!!!  -  28 May 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)