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Vietnamese noodles with marinated grilled chicken in a bowl served with fresh lettuce, herbs, and fish sauce.

Vietnamese dipping sauce (Nuoc Cham)

  • Author: Taming of the Spoon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stirring
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese



  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic, optional
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2½ tablespoons fresh lime juice


  1. Mix the sugar and water together in a medium bowl until all the sugar is dissolved. Stir in remaining ingredients.

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