Vietnamese Dipping Sauce
red chili peppers
or distilled white vinegar
For anchovy lovers, here are a couple of variations for a Vietnamese dipping sauce made with 'em.
This is traditionally served with Beef Fondue with Vinegar (Bo Nhung Giam) that is part of the Vietnamese feast called Bo Bay Mon (Beef in seven ways++seven distinct ways of preparing beef).
It's good with other stuff too but can be a bit strong to Western tastes.
Some restaurants have it but you might have to ask for it.
This is by far the most intricate of sauces in the Vietnamese culinary repertoire.
What makes it so special is the use of a condiment called mam nem, prepared from ground fresh anchovies and salt and fermented over a period of time.
It can become dangerously addictive.
Traditionally, mam nem is served as a dipping sauce for barbecued or fried fish.
In general it goes well with grilled foods.
It is an essential sauce fro Beef Fondue with Vinegar.
Use only fresh pineapple and remember to shake the bottle of anchovy sauce thoroughly before using.
Anchovy cream may be substituted.
Over a bowl, squeeze the pineapple between your hands to extract as much juice as possible.
Combine the pulp and juice and set aside.
Into a bowl, strain the anchovy sauce through a very fine sieve, pressing on th solids with a spoon to extract all of the liquid.
Discard the solids.
Pound or crush the garlic, chile and sugar to a fine paste in a bowl.
Stir in the pineapple mixture, strained anchovy sauce, lemon juice, vinegar an fish sauce.
Stir to blend.