Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese Dipping Sauce)

"This salty-sour concoction appears on every table in Vietnam, and is used as freely as salt and pepper. As an all-purpose condiment, it gets splashed, drizzled or sloshed over all types of dishes. You can make it ahead, and it keeps well in the fridge for several days."
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Ready In:
1 cup




  • In a small bowl, combine the hot water and grated palm sugar (be sure to pack the grated sugar into the tablespoon so you have enough sweetening). Stir until sugar dissolves.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir well.

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  1. WOW! Nice souvenir from Vietman for me as well! I visited Vietnam 20 year ago, as all were still on bycicles. On the table this sauce were served with fresh vegetals most of times. It's a really easy to make condiments that can be used in different ways. I can imagine this as salad dressing for a cold rice noodle salad with vegetables and prawns very well. <br/>I served it with fresh vegetables on an original Vietnames dish!<br/>Thanks a lot for offering us this recipe!
  2. So good
  3. Reviewed for Aus/NZ Forum Recipe Swap September 13- a simple dipping sauce to prepare. The flavours were perfect for us. This sauce is one which gets even better if made ahead of time. 5 stars- I wouldn't change a thing


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