Dipping sauce Mam Nem

Mam Nem, is  a special dipping sauce for Vietnamese beef or seafood dishes such as  Bo 7 Mon (7 beef courses), or  Bo Nhung Dam (beef fondue).

Bo Nhung dam (left) – Huong Que restaurant

The sauce is made with sugar,  “very fine” chopped fresh  lemongrass, lime, chopped fresh pineapple, garlic, red pepper and special Vietnamese anchovies.

This chunky sauce is tasty,  sweet and tangy flavor, but it  is much more pungent in flavor than nuoc cham.  It’s not easy to make this sauce right, since we have to suppress the smell of the anchovies. Note that my mom made the best “mam nem” dipping sauce.   The ingredients are from her recipe.


  • Do not let this sauce drop on your clothes
  • Wash your hands, clean your mouth,  eat mints after eating it.
  • Do not see your date after eating this sauce without brushing your teeth.


  1. Recipe for Mam Nem – I picked this recipe,  because it has lemongrass in it.  However, I have not tested  yet.

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