Vietnam's Favorite Condiment - Nuoc Cham

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

Sweet, sour, spicy fish sauce dressing that is Vietnam's condiment of choice. For a milder dish, remove the seeds from the chilies and crush the garlic.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, fish sauce and lime or lemon juice until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the garlic and chilies. Let stand for at least 30 minutes before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  2. (Note: if your fish sauce is a little old but not black, use water to take the intensity of the saltiness down to a palatable level. Add 1 Tablespoon of srping water at a time to the recipe, and keep tasting as you adjust.

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