Though nu'o'c cha´m is popular all over Vietnam, it varies slightly in character from place to place. In Hanoi, for instance, it is often made with sliced rather than chopped chiles and garlic, resulting in a milder sauce.
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 3 tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 1 fresh hot red chile (thai or serrano)
- 1 large garlic clove
- 1⁄4 cup Vietnamese fish sauce (nu'ó'c mam)