Nuoc Cham | Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

Nuoc Cham is a Vietnamese sauce and the colour of the chillies you use determines whether is is green or red. Or in my case, orange. This is used as a dipping sauce, salad dressing or seafood marinade. You can use it to moisten rice or vegetables. Whatever you do, make extra as it keeps well.

Rice Paper Rolls And Nuoc Cham
Rice Paper Rolls And Nuoc Cham
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A few years ago I bought a set of 3 cheap lock and go containers. And then a few weeks ago, one of the lids broke. The sad thing is I have kept lids from other similar containers but they don’t fit other brands. So, the next day I started browsing for new containers. I saw some collapsible ones and thought they would be perfect. The drawer these are stored in is not that big, and having ones that flatten down would be a great space saver. I made a note of the price and went online the following morning to see what my options were. At the same online shop I had just purchased from had a set of 4 for a reasonable price. But now my purchase was too little for free delivery.

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And I could not dial back and take off the one item I had left on the order from the previous day. So I got hold of a friend of mine who uses them regularly and she told me she buys grocery items from them. I looked at the price of their coffee capsules and they were cheap. So I added a box to my order and tipped it over the line. The new containers are perfect. Not only do they take up less space, but the appear to be well constructed. And the various sizes work well for us. As soon as my others need replacing I shall only buy these types. And in the meantime I am using the lidless container to organize things nicely in my junk drawer. Have you ever seen collapsible containers, and would you buy them?

Rice Paper Rolls And Nuoc Cham

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Nuoc Cham

This makes for a great dipping sauce
Recipe Category: Sauces
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from In Praise Of Veg page 221


  • 60 mls fish sauce
  • 30 mls rice wine vinegar
  • 15 mls lime juice
  • 15 mls coconut sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 Mediterranean cucumber, finely diced
  • 1 chilli, thinly sliced


  • Place the fish sauce, vinegar, lime juice and coconut sugar into a mixing jug
  • Whisk to combine then add the garlic, cucumber and chilli
  • Give it a good stir before using
  • Can be stored in the fridge in a lidded jar for 2 weeks
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6 thoughts on “Nuoc Cham | Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

  1. I have a wonderful book of Asian salad recipes that uses the ingredients you have here. You inspire me to go back to it !

    best… mae at

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