The ubiquitous sauce of Vietnam; a little salty, a little sweet and a little hot in every mouthful. No wonder it is ubiquitous.
Combine chillies, garlic and sugar in a mortar or tough bowl and pound or grind until smooth. Add lime or lemon juice, vinegar, fish sauce, and water, and stir well. Store in an airtight jar and keep in refrigerator until needed.
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