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Vietnamese Dipping Sauce















Trans-fat Free


1 cup pineapple, fresh
minced fresh
3 tablespoons anchovy paste
2 each garlic cloves
1 each red chili peppers
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 ½ teaspoons rice vinegar
or distilled white vinegar
3 tablespoons fish sauce


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.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 124g (4.4 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 43226% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 153mg 51%
Sodium 3511mg 146%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Sugars g
Protein 111g
Vitamin A 3% Vitamin C 44%
Calcium 43% Iron 50%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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