Asian Chili Sauce Vegetables Vietnamese

Nuoc Cham

Nuoc Cham -
Written by Lorna C

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 RollsChinese 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.

Nuoc Cham -

Nuoc Cham

A superb Vietnamese dip that will pack a punch and go well with virtually everything.
4.65 from 34 votes
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Course: Dips
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: Sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 125 ml
Calories: 1kcal



  • 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)


Goes with basically every Vietnamese dish.


Sodium: 45mg | Sugar: 0.3g | Fiber: 0.002g | Potassium: 2mg | Calories: 1kcal | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.0001g | Saturated Fat: 0.0001g | Fat: 0.0003g | Protein: 0.03g | Carbohydrates: 0.3g