Vietnamese Tamarind Dipping Sauce

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Vietnamese Tamarind Dipping Sauce


Southeast Asian cuisine always brings about lots of surprises, not only from the dishes but also from the dipping sauces. And if you are a fan of “sweet and sour”, this Vietnamese sauce made from tamarind is worth your try.

This sweet and sour dipping sauce is perfect for seafood dumplings, whether they are steamed, boiled, or fried ones.


  • Tamarind pulp: 3 tablespoons. You can find the tamarind pulp or paste at Asian grocery stores
  • Fresh chilli: 1, finely chopped
  • Garlic: 2 cloves, finely chopped
  • Sugar: ½ teaspoons
  • ​Fish sauce: 1 tablespoon
  • Water: 1 tablespoon


In a small bowl, add the tamarind pulp.

Boil half a cup of water and pour it into the tamarind pulp. Let it soak for about ten minutes and bring to strain to remove the pulp. Transfer the juice sauce to a small bowl.

In another bowl, add the chilli, garlic, and sugar. Mash everything until it combines as a paste.

Slowly pour the tamarind extract and fish sauce into the paste. Stir well and serve with your favorite seafood dumplings.

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Vietnamese Tamarind Dipping Sauce Accessed October 31st, 2019