A Recipe of Taste: Nuoc Cham

March 23, 2010


Nuoc Cham is all about the balance of flavors and personal preference.  The basic components of this universal dipping sauce are always the same: Salty (fish sauce), Sour (lime juice and vinegar), Sweet (palm sugar), Spicy(chilis).  BUT THE RATIOS IN EACH RECIPE ARE ALWAYS DIFFERENT!  Every Vietnamese family has a proprietary recipe pulsing through their veins.  But since I didn't grow up Vietnamese, what will I put in my IV drip?  I guess I will have to try all the recipes out to decide...


Meanwhile, this one has been working out for me: Bring 1/4 water, 1t vinegar, and 1T sugar to boil.  Remove from flame.  Allow to cool. Mix in 1T lime juice, 2T fish sauce, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 2 chopped thai chilis.
(Adapted from Bobby Chinn)

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