Today's dip is a super quickie that I picked out specially because I knew I'd be very busy this morning and wanted to be able to bang out a dip in 5-10 minutes. The dip I picked out is nuoc cham:
It's a Vietnamese dip that is actually a "dipping sauce"-- you can use it to dip in or you can use it as a sauce/salad dressing/condiment/whatever. I'm pretty sure I've posted a version of it before for putting on noodles.
Today I actually pulled out my mortar and pestle to make it, because I am so tired of using the food processor that this seemed easier, ha ha. Even doing it by hand, it took all of five minutes. I put in some dried red peppers, couple cloves of garlic, lime juice & pulp, some super strong soy sauce I have, water, and brown sugar. Quite good, and with a bit of a kick.
In the past I've put sriracha in it rather than dried peppers, and I think... amazingly... I like this one more. Sriracha has so many other flavors going on in it that it can take over a fairly delicate dip like this.
The men will have it tonight with these vegetable gyoza from Trader Joe's.
Speaking of the men: the small ones and I were so busy this morning that I didn't get any new pictures of them. Wild! That never happens. Instead, please enjoy two I found on my camera that I hadn't uploaded yet.
Here's the Emperor enjoying his birthday present:
And here's the Magician at the pumpkin patch again: