Nuoc Cham is a common name for a variety of Vietnamese “dipping sauces”. It is commonly a sweet, sour, salty, savoury and/or spicy sauce. This is superb for putting a few around a table and letting your family and friends enjoy. Whilst they are from different cuisines, they go so well together. They are Chicken and Vegetable Spring Rolls, Chinese Egg Rolls – Mrs Kwan’s Quick Snack and Japanese Beef and Scallion Rolls – Negimaki. The kick of Lime Juice, Fish Sauce and garlic is always going to be tasty. However you then add Red Chilli Peppers and you have a dip that will knock your socks off.
- Combine the garlic and chili pepper in a mortar and mash with the pestle until a paste is formed.
- Squeeze the lime juice into the paste, then remove the pulp from the lime and add it to the mixture.
- Mash to a paste again, and add the fish sauce and water, stirring to combine.
- Makes about 1/2 cup (125 ml)