Spring Roll Dipping Sauce / Nuoc Mam

"From Kim Son Restaurant in Sugarland, TX and altered to make it even better. They spelled it Muoc Mam. I used to CRAVE this sauce on spring rolls and salads. It is so yum! I do not know how many servings this would make. See Kimson.com for more of their recipes."
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Ready In:
3 cups




  • Combine water, vinegar and sugar and cook for 3-5 minutes stirring to dissolve sugar.
  • Remove from heat and add fish sauce.
  • Add shredded carrots and mint.
  • Taste and add more fish sauce and cayenne to taste.
  • Cool before serving.
  • Chopped chili peppers and finely chopped peanuts may also be added to warm sauce and then allowed to cool.

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  1. mybirdzone
    Delicious. Made with the Vietnamese Cold Spring rolls on this site. Was hoping this sauce would be much thicker but maybe I didn't cook it long enough or maybe it's supposed to be this way. It's still great and easy to make although it does make a ton. For two people I would scale to .25 or .5 serving.
  2. IngridH
    This was wonderful! A perfect dipping sauce for the packaged potstickers I was serving for dinner. I added another tablespoon of fish sauce in step 4, as it was a little too sweet without the extra sauce. This is a definite make again. Made for the Seasoned Sailor and his Sassy Sirens, ZWT6.
  3. Stephanie S.
    Perfect flavor. Just what I was looking for. Thank you for posting.....Stephanie
  4. SpicyMeatball
    I made this last weekend to go along with Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls and it was delicious. I adjusted the recipe to yield 1 cup of sauce and added a little more fish sauce, some grated garlic and a minced Thai chili. Will definitely make this recipe again!
  5. Elainia
    This was excellent. I cut it in half and still had way too much, not sure if I can store it or not. next time I will make about 1/4th. I am only serving two people. Thanks for this recipe! Oh, I may add chili paste next time too, I like the spice. Good job creating this recipe!


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