This Vietnamese dressing is great in all the dishes where you could also use Nam Jim; its taste is softer but equally seductive. Again, like all these sauces, taste for balance and find a flavour that suits your palate.
This dressing, as well as being great as a dipping sauce and in stir-fries, also suits something like a barbecued chicken or fish — slice the meat, add some herbs and pour the dressing over. Serve with rice and boiled greens and you have a great Asian lunch for two or three people. Not a bad place to begin if you are starting out in the brave new world of Asian flavours.
Pound the chillies and garlic in a mortar with a pestle to a fine paste. Add the sugar and stir to blend. Slowly stir in the lime juice, fish sauce, rice vinegar and
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