Fish Dipping Sauce: Nuoc Cham

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 cups
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5 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons water

1/3 cup fish sauce

1/2 cup lime or lemon juice

1 large clove garlic, minced

1 or more bird's eye or Thai chiles, seeded and minced

1 shallot, peeled, thinly sliced, and rinsed (optional)


  1. Whisk together the sugar, water, fish sauce, and lime juice in a bowl until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the garlic, chile, and shallot, and let stand for 30 minutes before serving.