Nuoc Mam Cham (Vietnamese Dipping Fish Sauce)

Nuoc Mam Cham (Vietnamese Dipping Fish Sauce)

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  • 1 serrano chile pepper, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water


Use a mortar and pestle to grind serrano chile pepper, sugar and garlic into a paste. Transfer the paste to a glass bowl. Add fish sauce, lime juice, vinegar and water. Stir well. Set aside for 10 to 20 minutes before serving.