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Nước Mấm Chấm – Vietnamese Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce

Posted on | December 13, 2009 | Asian Recipes, Recipes, Vietnamese Recipes | 1 Comment

Vietnamese Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce Nuoc Mam Cham

I guarantee that there is a jar of this fish sauce dipping sauce sitting in the fridge of every Vietnamese kitchen. This fish sauce is versatile and is used in many dishes as a dressing or dipping sauce. Although same ingredients are used in this sauce, no dipping sauce will taste the same as everyone makes this sauce according to their own taste. I like my sauce to have a well balanced flavours of sweet, sour, salty, garlic and heat. My advice for anyone learning to make this sauce is to use the measurements of ingredients as the base and keep tasting and adjusting the flavours according to your own taste.

Nuoc Mam Cham Vietnamese Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce

Nước Mấm Chấm – Vietnamese Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce


Makes 1 1/4 cup

1 cup warm water
1/4 cup fish sauce
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon white vinegar
juice of 1/2 lemon or 1 lime
2 red chillies, finely chopped


In small bowl, add garlic, chillies and vinegar. Set aside.

In another bowl, add water, sugar, fish sauce. Mix until all the sugar are dissolved.

Combine the garlic and chillies mixture into fish sauce mixture and stir well.

Store in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge for a couple of days.

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