Nuoc Mam Cham Dipping Sauce

This is the most well known dipping sauce in Vietnam and it is served on the side or drizzled over most dishes. It varies from region to region with some adding palm sugar and / or coconut water to sweeten it.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook time: None

Serves: 250ml


3 tbsp fish sauce
3 tbsp white vinegar
3 tbsp sugar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small chilli, thinly sliced
2 tbsp lime juice


Pop the fish sauce, vinegar and sugar in a saucepan with 125ml water.

Place over medium heat, stir well, keep an eye on it then just before it reaches boiling point, remove rom the heat and allow to cool.

Just before serving stir in the garlic, chilli and lime juice.

Store in a jar in the fridge and can be kept for up to 5 days.