Basic Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

Nuoc Cham

Preparation info
  • Makes About

    1 Cup

    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Barbecue Bible

By Steven Raichlen

Published 1998

  • About

Vietnam’s national table sauce, nuoc cham is a delicate, topaz-colored, slightly sweet, salty, and sour condiment that is obligatory for any Vietnamese grilled fare. Traditionally, finely slivered carrots are added for color and texture. And when I say finely slivered, I mean like dental floss!


  • 1 piece of carrot (2 inches), peeled
  • 2 tablespoons


  1. Slice the carrot lengthwise with a vegetable peeler and pile the slices on top of one another, then, using a sharp slender knife, slice the carrot lengthwise into the thinnest imaginable strips.

  2. Combine the sugar and ½ cup of warm water in a small bowl and wh