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Sweet and Sour Sauce (Sot Chua Ngot)

Sweet and Sour Sauce (Sot Chua Ngot)

This dipping sauce seems to be everyone’s favorite–at least in my circle of family and friends.  I have some family members who will not eat egg rolls without this delectable sauce and I serve it almost as frequently as my Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce.  This recipe is really easy and fast to make.  My secret ingredient (well, not so […]

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Grilled Pork with Rice Vermicelli

Grilled Pork with Rice Vermicelli (Bun Cha)

This dish is the perfect combination of smokey grilled meats, springy rice noodle, fresh herbs and tangy pickles.  Of course we can’t forget the essential dipping sauce which brings the whole dish together.  Serve it as a cold salad by mixing all the ingredients together.  Add the dipping sauce just before serving or serve on […]

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Honey Soy Dipping Sauce | recipe from runawayrice.com

Honey Soy Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)

Just a few ingredients whisked together–it doesn’t get any easier than this!  This sweet, savory and tangy sauce makes an amazing dipping sauce for spring rolls and lettuce wraps, a tasty marinade for meats or a wonderful condiment for rice or other foods.  It’s a great alternative to the sauces made with fish sauce if you’re […]

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Coconut Sauce

Coconut Sauce (Nuoc Dua)

Coconut sauce is the Asian version of whipped cream.  It’s a delicious, creamy and sweet topping for many Asian desserts.  This is a fundamental recipe every cook should master because you’ll use it again and again.  My recipe is not super sweet and I add a bit of salt to balance the sugar.  Feel free to add more […]

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Dipping Sauce Trio

Dipping Sauces (Nuoc Cham) – 3 Essential Recipes

Here’s a trio of delicious dipping sauces to serve with your favorite spring rolls, lettuce wraps, sandwiches, etc… The sauces can also be used as salad dressings or as meat marinades.  The Honey Lemongrass Lime goes great with chicken or fish.  The Hoisin Sesame Ginger is amazing with pork.  The Spicy Peanut which seems to be everyone’s favorite goes […]

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Delicious homemade mayo | recipe from runawayrice.com

Mayonnaise

No sandwich is complete without this delicious and creamy spread. I call mayonnaise “food lube” because it adds the needed silkiness and moisture to foods. As convenient as it is to buy mayo, have you ever thought about making it yourself? Why you ask? I’ll give you two reasons: 1) You know exactly what goes into it. There’s no artificial flavors or preservatives. 2) You […]

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Vodka 5-Spices Marinade | recipe from runawayrice.com

Vodka 5-Spice Marinade (Ruou Thom)

This 5-spice marinade is an easy to make, must-have seasoning.  It works wonderfully with all types of meats and seafood.  Add a splash to noodles and veggie stir-frys to perk up the flavors.  I love the fragrant yet subtle taste.  Go ahead and make a few extra bottles and give them to your family and […]

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Pickled Bean Sprouts (Dua Gia) | recipe from runawayrice.com

Pickled Bean Sprouts (Dua Gia)

Here’s a delicious pickled vegetables recipe made with bean sprouts, carrots, green scallions and chives.  Not as tart as most pickles, they are satisfyingly crunchy and quite refreshing.  Serve these pickled beans sprouts as an appetizer or as a side dish with your favorite savory dishes.  These pickles are often the companion dish for Braised Pork and Eggs. […]

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Honey Lemongrass Dressing | recipe from runawayrice.com

Honey Lemongrass Dressing

If you’re bored with the standby salad dressings, here’s a flavor infusion to tantalize your taste buds.   This easy dressing is made with just a few ingredients.  You can find lemongrass paste in the produce section of your grocery store.  Mine was packaged in a 4-ounce tube, similar to toothpaste.  The product lists the first two […]

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Gluten-Free Soy Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham Xi Dau)

This recipe is a great vegetarian alternative to dipping sauces made with fish sauce. I use a gluten-free tamari which I find has a smoother mellower taste than traditional soy sauce. This recipe uses ingredients similar to my fish sauce dipping sauce but I substitute rice wine vinegar for the distilled vinegar.  Rice wine vinegar is sweeter […]

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