Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Vietnamese Fish Sauce Dip (Nuoc Mam)

The key to good eating vietnamese food is to have a great fish sauce dip, the famous nuoc mam.
This sauce complements most vietnamese popular dishes; spring rolls, imperial rolls, steamed fish, fried fish, grilled meats....and the list goes on and on.

My family and I cannot live without this sauce, unless we were to completely rule out vietnamese food out of our lives. Oh - what a huge nightmare that would be.

fish sauce (nuoc mam)

Recipe “au pif”:
¼ cup (60ml) water
1 tsp rice vinegar or regular vinegar
2 tsp raw can sugar
2 hot red chilis, finely minced
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp fish sauce (nuoc mam)

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.

This sauce can keep in a tightly closed tupperware container in the fridge for over 2-3 weeks.

Enjoy with your favourite vietnamese food.


Helene said...

I love that sauce but never found a great recipe. I just bookmarked this one & hopefully will be making it soon.

xian (from facbook) said...

do u know that the vienamese fish sauce dip (Nuoc man) is made for 50% in africa ...

QlinArt said...

Hello Helene - this one is a favourite in my family - and we are very picky with our fish sauce dip ;) I hope you enjoy it.

Hi Xian, I just learned something new today - thank you! Thank you for your comments

At Home with Kim Vallee said...

I did not know how to make it and I adore a good fish sauce. Thanks for the recipe.

White on Rice Couple said...

You got it right, nuoc mam is so key. Without it, all the life, blood and soul would be sucked out of my family.

You gave me some serious cravings now....some bun noodles, nuoc mam, herbs and grilled anything!

Phan-tabulous said...

My mother have always used the 3 crab brand, which means I use it too. The label actually has 3 crabs on it.

One day, I'll secrectly stray from my mother's habits and try that squid brand. Some of my friends uses that brand and they don't have complaints.