Get used to this dipping sauce. It is served with everything! In almost every Vietnamese home, there is a container of nuoc cham sitting in the refrigerator and a bowl of it on the table. It is amazing how an everyday meal can be transformed into an adventure simply by adding dipping sauce to each bite. Try out this recipe and modify it to your own tastes. You can make variations, for instance, by adding julienned carrots, ginger, or scallions. This recipe usually makes enough sauce for four servings of simple dishes, such as the comfort food dishes in the Asian Garden Mall chapter.