Lemon Grass Sauce

Lemon Grass Sauce
Lemon Grass Sauce

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

1.5

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

1.5

servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2

    cup rice vinegar

  • 2

    tablespoons sugar

  • 1/4

    cup water

  • 1/4

    cup Asian fish sauce (nam pla)

  • 1/4

    cup fresh lime juice

  • 2

    tablespoons finely minced lemon grass bulb

  • 1

    kaffir lime leaf, shredded fine (optional; sold in Asian markets)

  • 2

    teaspoons minced fresh coriander leaves

  • 1

    teaspoon minced scallion

  • 2

    tiny Thai red "bird" chilies, or other fresh red chilies, sliced (or to taste)

Directions

1. Combine the vinegar, sugar, water, fish sauce and lime juice in a small, nonreactive saucepan. Bring just to a boil; then, add the lemon grass and the lime leaf and simmer for 30 seconds. 2. Remove from heat, and place the saucepan in a bowl of ice and water to chill it until it is room temperature, about 10 minutes. 3. Stir in the coriander, scallions and chilies to taste. YIELD 1 1/2 cups, about 8 servings NOTEServe as a dipping sauce for spring rolls or seafood, as a sauce for grilled or poached fish or as ' marinade. It also makes a delicious seasoning for chicken broth, cold noodles with seafood, or rice salads.

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