Nuoc Cham

Nuoc Cham is the basic Vietnamese dipping sauce found in every home, cafe or restaurant in Vietnam. Its salty sweet taste complements everything from grilled meat and fish to tofu and vegetables. It’s also great with plain boiled rice or used as a salad dressing and makes a perfect accompaniment to the pork recipe I will be posting tomorrow.

Nuoc Cham keeps well in the fridge so you might as well make more than you need and have some on hand for whenever you need to give something a Vietnamese twist

Vietnamese Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce

Lemongrass pork with nuoc cham dipping sauce.

Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce
Juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp light brown sugar
2 1/2 tbsps fish sauce.
125 ml water
2 -3 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
1-2 small fiery red chillis, sliced.

Combine all the ingredients in a clean jar.Shake to mix and refrigerate until you need it. It’s that simple. Serve with grilled meat, fish, dumplings, etc.