Vietnamese Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Mam Cham) is called the “awesome sauce” and every family has a unique recipe. I’ve had many versions of this quintessential dipping sauce and found that everyone likes this special fish sauce mixture a different way. There are variations to the acids used from different vinegars (distilled, rice wine, etc.) to lime or lemon juice. Different brands of fish sauce have varying intensities and some recipes combine multiple types of fish sauce for a truly potent punch. Sugar levels also vary greatly with the recipes ranging from super sweet to make-your-face-pucker tart. So I’d like to just say, there’s no wrong way to make this dipping sauce as long as you love the taste! This Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce recipe is my family’s recipe and we prefer it on the milder and sweeter side–we don’t use as much fish sauce as some of the other recipes. You can easily adjust this recipe to suit your taste buds. Make it as robust as you dare! Enjoy!
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Vietnamese Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce / Nuoc Mam Cham
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup lime juice or vinegar
1/4 cup fish sauce
2 Tbsp finely chopped garlic
2 finely chopped small red chilies
In a small bowl, combine together the water, sugar, lime juice, fish sauce, chopped garlic and chilies until the sugar is dissolved.
Serve the Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce alongside your favorite dishes.
Store any remaining portions in an air-tight jar and refrigerate. Enjoy the Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce within the week.
Yields: 1 3/4 cups