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Basic Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)

Basic Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)

Nuoc cham is a ubiquitous chili-garlic-fish sauce dipping sauce, served at every meal in Vietnam

SKU 1356-recipe


  • 1 fresh red chili, seeds and membranes removed, if desired
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 fresh lime, peel and pit removed
  • 2 tablespoons Vietnamese fish sauce


  1. Pound the chili, garlic, and mint in a mortar with a pestle until the mixture forms a paste. Add the sugar and lime, and pound until smooth.
  2. Place mixture in a bowl, and mix in the fish sauce. (If mixture is too strong for your taste, add a little water.)