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Su-Mei's Vietnamese Sweet-and-Sour Sauce

  • yield: Makes 1/4 cup

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 5 fresh bird chiles or 2 red serrano chiles, minced
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce (nam pla)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Using a mortar and pestle, grind the garlic and chiles into a paste. Add the sugar, fish sauce, and lime juice. Mix well to combine, and taste. If sauce is too pungent, add 1 to 2 tablespoons water. Serve, or store in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Add more lime juice if needed.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2002

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