Aunt Cindy is the cool aunt known for fabulous food. Among her famous are beautiful Asian style fruit cakes that taste even better than the “professional” bakeries, but Grand aunt tipped me off that she has the best recipe for Nuoc cham. It is a type of Vietnamese dipping sauce that is tangy, sweet and umami all in a few drops. She shared me her recipe along with a few tips. Enjoy!
1. 1 cup fish sauce / nuoc mam (recommend 3 crab brand)
2. 1 1/2 cup sugar
3. 3 cup water
4. 1/3 cup vinegar
Optional – Fresh lime juice for more tangy flavor
Method (if eating same day):
Mix all ingredients together. Add freshly minced garlic, chilis and lime juice to taste.
Method (if prepping to store):
Bring fish sauce, sugar and water to boil. Allow to cool. Stir in vinegar after solution is cooled to maintain optimal tangy flavor. Add freshly minced garlic, chilis and lime juice to taste on the day you plan on using it.