Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nu'ó'c Châ´m)

André Baranowski

This classic Vietnamese condiment—balancing sweet, spicy, and sour flavors—is an essential accompaniment for the crab spring rolls featured in "Rites of Spring," a story about a Vietnamese-American family that fishes for crabs near New York City (see SAVEUR, May 2008). The sauce is also great with grilled beef or pork.