During my trip to Vietnam earlier this year, I learned that the Vietnamese are crazy about their fish dipping sauce and use it in nearly all their recipes. I learned to make this dressing during a very fun and interesting cooking workshop in Ho Chi Minh city.
This sauce makes a fantastic fragrant dressing for any type of Asian salad but can also be used as a dipping sauce for vietnamese spring rolls.
This is how to make your own: (makes 1/4 of a cup)
2 tablespoons of water
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 table spoon of sugar
1 table spoon fish sauce (Nuoc Mam)
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon long deseeded and minced red chili
0.5/1 teaspoon minced garlic
In a bowl add lime juice, water, rice vinegar, sugar and fish sauce. Whisk until the sugar dissolves completely. Then add the chopped chili and the chopped garlic and mix again.
TIP: Use this sauce as a dressing for a tasty seafood glass- noodle salad.
This dressing is also used in the banana blossom salad from a previous post: https://thirstforfood.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/ho-chi-minh-vi…redded-chicken/