Pronounce nuoc mam cham?
Is it "nwock", "nuke", or what?
You won't be able to get the tones right, nor the slight dipthong in the uo in nuoc, from just reading and not hearing, so I will give you an approximation and not the true pronunciation:
-nuoc as nook (as in nooks and crannies)
-mam hmmm, how to explain that vowel, I guess to be close just say mahm.
-cham like the chum you feed to a shark
Thanks, all. The question was prompted by a contestant on Iron Chef, a caucasian who confidently used "nwock".