Duy Nguyen's Nuoc Cham

from Duy Nguyen of Bánh Mì Hôi An

Yield: 4 cups

This is a very versatile sauce. Not only is it a great dipping sauce but if you add some oil and more vinegar you have a salad dressing. Or, as is, use it to pickle vegetables.


1/2 cup fish sauce

1 cup sugar

2 cups warm water

1/2 cup distilled vinegar or fresh lime juice (to taste)

Juice of 1 or 2 kumquats if available

1 clove garlic, crushed (optional)