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where to find bun sauce in toronto?

jennjen18 Dec 7, 2006 12:21 AM

Does anybody know where to get the vinegary sauce Vietnamese restaurants serve your bun (dried rice noodles, usually with grilled foods or spring rolls) with? Its a sweet 'n vinegary concoction.. hopefully I can buy the mixture somewhere so I dont have to make it at home!?

Any help, thanks!

  1. sweetie Dec 7, 2006 06:38 PM

    I found a recpie on saveurmag.com under vietnamese cuisine.
    the sauce is called nu'ó'c châm. I find the recipes on Saveur to be authentic (if not always easy).

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      diathesis Dec 7, 2006 05:53 PM

      Yes, the normal theme is some variant on fish sauce and sugar - chili and garlic being very common additions, but the recipe does vary from place to place. I've never seen a pre-prepared version of this.

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      1. re: diathesis
        mrsleny Dec 7, 2006 06:59 PM

        I bought one an asian brand called Thai Sweet Chili Sauce for Springrolls. It's gelatinous and rather disgusting. The same is true of Taste of Thai's Sweet Red Chili Sauce.

        Needless to say I make my own now.

      2. mrsleny Dec 7, 2006 04:24 AM

        I'm pretty sure it's the same sauce for dipping spring rolls. It's better to make your own as the commercial brands tend to be gelatinous.

        I usually make a quick vegetarian version with rice vinegar, minced garlic, chili sauce and sugar. Authentic versions have fish sauce and lime juice.

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