Vietnamese Dipping Sauce Recipe

Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: Under 5 mins | Active Time: | Makes: About 1/2 cup

Anne Le of Tamarine in Palo Alto, California, shares a CHOW Tip for Vietnamese dipping sauce; here’s the recipe so you can make it yourself.

What to buy: Prawn Brand Fish Sauce is Anne’s preferred brand. It can be found in Asian markets and online.

Sambal oelek is a straight-up chile sauce, without garlic or any other flavors added. It is commonly used in Asian cooking and can be found in the Asian section of your market or online.

  • 2 tablespoons Prawn Brand Fish Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
Combine all ingredients in a small nonreactive bowl, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let sit about 5 minutes to allow flavors to combine, then add more sugar if necessary.

This recipe, while from a trusted source, may not have been tested by the CHOW food team.