A classic Vietnamese dipping sauce. Serve with grilled lemon grass beef (Bo Nuang Xa).

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl combine the garlic, red pepper flakes, sugar, lime juice, fish sauce and water. Mix all together, adjusting to taste.

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Nutrition Facts

31.9 calories; 0.6 g protein; 7.6 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 731.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2008
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/29/2009
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!!!! Read More
(9)
39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2008
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. Read More
(71)
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2008
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. Read More
(71)
Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2004
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. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/29/2009
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!!!! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2003
Great sauce. I especially like it because it isn't so salty like sauces that use soy sauce. When making white rice I used half water and half this sauce. Very tasty. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2006
Just like the local Vietnamese restaurant! The ratios are pretty spot on! I left out the garlic as I don't normally see it in the sauces at the places I eat. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/10/2008
This was..ok I thought. Personally preference I guess but I won't make it again. My son (who is the pickiest eater EVER) actually really liked it. But he won't notice if I dont make it again so I wont. It was just........bland to me. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2002
Light fresh and easy to make. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2007
It tastes just like what's served in Vietnamese restaurants. Very good. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2004
I am by no means a fish sauce person but I can tolerate it when made like this. We served this with fried gourd and certainly a little goes a long way. I would suggest adding a little pickled ginger (chop up fresh ginger into matchstrips and stuff into a jar...add enough regular vinegar to cover and let sit at least 30 minutes) to give it an extra layer of flavor...but it's good as is. Thanks Maryellen. Read More
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