Vietnamese Dipping Sauce--Vegan Nuoc Cham Alternative

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

Adapted from Hot Sour Salty Sweet. This is not meant to replicate the flavor of Nuoc Cham, which uses fish sauce, but can be used in the same way.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine soy sauce and rice wine in a small bowl.
  2. Place garlic and lemongrass in a mortar and pound into a paste.
  3. Add garlic mixture to soy mixture.
  4. Stir in cinnamon and chile.
  5. Stir in oil, sugar and salt and mix well.
  6. Store refrigerated in a tightly-covered container for up to 3 days.
Most Helpful

This is a great variation of nuoc cham. The cinnmon and the chile gave the sauce a reddish color.
The cinnamon was differet taste for us in this kind of sauces and we liked it very much.
We had this with Vietnamese pancakes and vegetables. Thanks a lot for posting this recipe.

awalde January 18, 2012