A versatile base from which to master your own classic Vietnamese dip, dressing or marinade.

Ingredients:

Fish sauce: 100 gr

Rice vinegar: 100 gr

Brown sugar: 100 gr

Filtered water: 150 gr

Traditional additions:

Chopped garlic, chili, basil and crispy shallots(optional).

A Vietnamese table is never complete without the addition of a closely guarded 'secret' family recipe dipping sauce.

Countrywide the basic sauce is the same, a simple mix of fish sauce, rice vinegar, sugar and water. It's then that the 'secret' ingredients are added to taste.

Method:

Using equal measures of fish sauce and rice vinegar, put all the ingredients in a bowl. Add a third measure of sugar and gently stir until it has completely dissolved and finalise with water.

Then put whatever flavours you like in. For example: chopped garlic, chili, Thai basil, crispy shallots… to make your desired dipping sauce.

Leave for at least half an hour for the flavours to infuse before serving.