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Nuoc Cham Chay (Vietnamese Vegan Dipping Sauce)

This is a simple and delicious 5-minute recipe for nuoc cham chay, a vegan dipping sauce for Vietnamese dishes. Made with soy sauce, lime juice, water, garlic, sugar and optional thai chili peppers. It’s a great base, and you can adjust to your own taste. Enjoy with your favorite Vietnamese vegan or vegetarian meals!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course sauce
Cuisine Asian, Vietnamese
Servings 0.5 cup
Calories 281 kcal


  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice or ½ lime
  • 1 ½ tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced or 1 large clove
  • 1 red thai chili pepper, minced optional


  • Add sugar to a small bowl.
  • Add hot water and stir with a spoon until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the soy sauce, lime and garlic, mix well.
  • Optional: add chili pepper a little bit at a time, taste for spice level preference.
  • Taste and adjust the sauce to your liking.


*Nutritional facts provided are only an estimate, accuracy is not guaranteed. 
    • Use sauce for Vietnamese spring rolls, rice noodle bowls, rice dishes, or stir frying noodles and vegetables. 
    • The taste of nuoc mam chay is a balance of sweet, tart, garlic and umami-ness. However, adjust it to your taste.
    • Make sure to use warm or hot water, this will help dissolve the sugar better. 
    • Store in an airtight container, like a small mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


    Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 281kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 17gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 8060mgPotassium: 657mgFiber: 4gSugar: 44gVitamin A: 875IUVitamin C: 142mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 5mg
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