Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce

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Title: Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce
Yield: 3 /4 cup
Categories: Sauces


Stephen Ceideburg
2 Cloves garlic
2 Fresh chile peppers,
-preferably Serrano
1 tb Sugar
3 tb Fish sauce
2 1/2 tb Fresh lime juice
4 tb Water

This sauce truly defines Vietnamese cuisine. It goes well with deep fried,
roasted and grilled foods. [Amen! S.C.]

In a mortar, pound the garlic, chile pepper and sugar into a paste. (Or
blend in a food processor or blender.) [It's better in a mortar. Trust
me... S.C.] Transfer mixture to a bowl and add fish sauce, lime juice and
water; stir to blend. Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes or until ready to
serve. Strain mixture into dipping saucers. [Not me--I prefer a chunky
texture. S.C.]

Makes about 3/4 cup.

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