My friend gave me a great simple recipe for tangy accompaniment to pan-fried fish, and I tried it for the first time today with some fresh greens. Wow. If you like Vietnamese flavors but have been a little wary of experimenting at home, this is a great way to ease yourself into it. It's not complicated at all, and the skills required are not too far afield of what most home cooks should already know.
1 Tbs. sugar
2-3 cloves fresh garlic
2-3 Tbs. Vietnamese fish sauce
1 tsp. chopped jalepeno pepper or a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
You combine the lime zest, lime juice, and other ingredients to make sauce, then pour it over your favorite pan-fried fish. That's all!
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