My aunt told me about how she was able to learn a lot from Ba Ngoai while she lived with her and her surprise as to how much Nuoc Mam they went through during this. This makes me think of my Ba Ngoai as somewhat Julia Child-esque in her culinary style and I can't help but to smile a little (although I would never put Nuoc Mam on my toast...). My aunt then noted that this is why Ba Ngoai's soups and dishes always tasted so darn good. We currently have half a bottle in our pantry so I better pick up a crate.
The form in which Nuoc Mam is served with dishes as a dipping sauce, or as a sort of dressing, is in its delicious mixed form and every family has their own special recipe. Most Vietnamese restaurants tend to add more sugar, making them extra sweet and yummy. So here's a family recipe for anyone who wasn't fortunate enough to have one passed down to you:
Fish Sauce (Nuoc Mam Pha) Recipe
- 1/4 cup Fish Sauce (We seem to like Squid brand)
- 1 1/4 cup Water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup lemon or lime juice or vinegar (Or mix of the two)
- Couple cloves of crushed garlic
- Chili Garlic Sauce to taste
Preparation: Mix everything together and stir well (with a chop stick?). Serve. Should make about 3/4 of a mason jar of this size. Refrigerate.
A few notes:
- It's basically a 5:1 ratio of water to everything else.- Adjust as necessary to fit your taste, one of the great idealogies of the Vietnamese eating experience that will be discussed in the future!
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