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Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

This Vietnamese dipping sauce is the perfect accompaniment to our summer rolls recipe.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May 2006


  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chile sauce, such as sambal oelek
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced crosswise
  • Juice of 1 lime


  1. On a work surface, crush garlic clove using the flat side of a large knife; sprinkle with salt. Place the flat side of the knife blade on top of the garlic and salt; press firmly, pulling knife toward you. Repeat until a paste forms; transfer to a small bowl.

  2. Stir sugar in hot water until dissolved, and add to bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill in refrigerator until ready to use.

Cook's Notes

Store sauce in a refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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