Sweet and a little spicy. Our basic condiment in the house. Very quick and simple to make. Based on the Lemon Grass Restaurant's cookbook "The Best of Vietnamese & Thai Cooking". We always have a jar on hand in the frig. Many different ground chili paste nomenclatures. If unsure, read the ingredients: red chili peppers, salt, vinegar, and sesame oil are basic to all of them. Usually in a clear plastic jar with a green or red plastic lid.