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Nuoc Cham (Vietnam)

Ingredients

* Also known as nuoc mam, it is available in finer supermarkets and Asian specialty shops.



Instructions

Purists insist that the garlic and chili pepper be ground together in a mortar and pestle, although acceptable results can be obtained by processing all the ingredients in a food processor. The traditional procedure is as follows:

  1. Combine the garlic and chili pepper in a mortar and mash with the pestle until a paste is formed.
  2. Squeeze the lime juice into the paste, then remove the pulp from the lime and add it to the mixture.
  3. Mash to a paste again, and add the fish sauce and water, stirring to combine.

Makes about 1/2 cup to serve 4 to 6


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