Sweet Fish Sauce
Sweet Fish Sauce, a beloved Khmer dipping sauce, holds its popularity thanks to the harmonious combination of fresh lime/lemon juice and high-quality fish sauce. The essence of this recipe lies in using only the freshest lime or lemon and the finest fish sauce, allowing for a perfect balance of sweetness, saltiness, and spiciness, tailored to individual tastes. While the recipe omits garlic, those who enjoy a garlic kick can add 2 minced cloves for an extra layer of flavor.
To prepare this iconic sauce, start by dissolving sugar in hot water, creating a sweet base. Incorporate fresh lime juice, fish sauce, and optional hot chili peppers, ensuring a thorough mix. Set the mixture aside to cool, allowing the flavors to meld. This dipping sauce epitomizes the quintessential Khmer flavor profile, showcasing a perfect synergy between citrusy brightness and the savory umami of fish sauce.
Before serving, an optional addition of crushed roasted peanuts elevates the texture and adds a nutty undertone to the sauce. Whether accompanying spring rolls, grilled meats, or other Khmer dishes, Sweet Fish Sauce enhances the overall dining experience with its versatile and well-balanced flavors. This straightforward yet flavorful recipe captures the essence of Khmer cuisine, where simple ingredients combine to create complex and delightful tastes.
|1/4 cup of hot water|
|1/4 cup of sugar|
|1/3 cup of fresh lime juice, approx 2 lime|
|1/3 cup of fish sauce|
|3 chopped hot chili pepper or to your taste (option)|
|1/3 cup of roasted peanut, crushed (option)|
Directions to make Sweet Fish Sauce
- In a small bowl, mix hot water with sugar till sugar dissolved.
- Add lime juice, fish sauce and hot chili pepper together, mix well and set a side to cool.
- Top with crushed roasted peanut before serve.
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Serving Size: 3
Calories Per Serving: 169