Nuoc Cham (Fish Dipping Sauce)

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Ingredients

5 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons water

1/3 cup fish sauce

1/2 cup lime or lemon juice (about 3 limes or 2 lemons)

1 large clove garlic, crushed, peeled and sliced or minced

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

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

Directions

  1. Whisk together the sugar, water, fish sauce and lime or lemon juice in a bowl until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the garlic, chili and shallot (if using), and let stand for 30 minutes before serving.