Hello Good People,
OK, to be fair it’s only been a week and 1 day since my last post so I’m still holding to my resolution. I’m on a current Vietnamese food binge at the moment making pickled daikon and carrot and all sorts of asian-y sauces. I’m really craving some Durian fruit. Nothing sounds better than a Durian milk shake right now. A pity that no one at work is as enthused as I am. Le sigh.
Also, apologies for the semi-blurry pics. Bernadette, my DSLR camera, is about to give and I’m looking to replace her lens. They’re a bit scratched up from my last experiment…. Dun dun dun…..moving on.
OK so Nuoc Mâm or properly spelled Nước mắm literally means fish sauce. It’s, “an amber-colored liquid extracted from the fermentation of fish with sea salt,” as quoted by Wikipedia. Many families eat it straight up, others dilute it with chilies, lime juice, sugar, satay….the options are endless. In Vietnam, nuoc mam is like chocolate; it goes with everything. The sauce that I’ve photographed
and photoshopped to the bone is similar to one that Trinh makes minus the cocorico aka coconut soda. Trinh’s sauce is a heavenly secret. Luckily for you I don’t know how to keep one.
- 1 jar (I used an old tomato sauce one)
- 1 cup of cocorico (Hansen’s Cane Sugar Gingerale is a BOMB alternative or Trinh says 7-Up is ok to)
- 1/2 cup of fish sauce
- 1/2 a cup of lime juice ( I tend to put a bit more.)
- 1 cup of granulated sugar (organic cane is the best option)
- 3 tbs of chili garlic sauce
- 3 to 4 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 cup of water
It is quite simple. I will say it in three words. Prepare. Mix. Stir. This is just the guideline that I follow when I make the super-secret-sauce that goes amazing with my spring/summer rolls but remember if you like it more tart add some more lime juice or if you like it more peppery add more chili-garlic sauce. I usually enjoy more chili, lime juice, and garlic. I also enjoy a good run-on sentence. The point is to prepare it and adjust it to the way you like it. Below is the process in English and in French.
It’s really quite simple isn’t it? It lasts awhile too. I would say 2 to 3 weeks. Next time I’ll blog the super secret peanut sauce for you
ENDING QUOTE.The optimist says the glass is half full. The pessimist says the glass is half empty. The project manager says the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. The realist says the glass contains half the required amount of liquid for it to overflow. And the cynic… wonders who drank the other half.
I realize the jars are empty but I always aim to see a glass half full.
Thanks for reading!