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Sweet and Sour Fish Sauce

Sweet and Sour Fish Sauce

This flavorful dip is used to accompany numerous Vietnamese dishes, including Vegetarian Garden Rolls and Cha Gio Imperial Rolls (Vietnamese Spring Rolls).


  • 1 level tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons shredded carrot (about 1 carrot)
  • 1/2 cup fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper flakes, or to taste


Heat the olive oil in a heavy frying pan over medium heat. Add the chopped garlic and onion. Cook until the garlic is browned and the onion is soft and translucent (5 to 7 minutes).

Add the the coconut milk, warm water and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Stir in the lemon juice, shredded carrot, fish sauce and cayenne pepper. Turn down the heat and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the flavors have blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

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