nuoc mam

noun
\ nü-ˈäk-ˈmäm How to pronounce nuoc mam (audio) \

Definition of nuoc mam

: a sauce made of fish (such as anchovies) fermented in brine

Examples of nuoc mam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many Vietnamese recipes call for fish sauce, also called nuoc mam. Linda Gassenheimer, Twin Cities, "Dressing highlights flavors of Vietnamese Beef Salad," 5 Aug. 2019 The other half is a plate fanned with luscious sliced duck meat, ready to warm in the broth or dip in nuoc mam gung — a cousin of the usual seasoned fish sauce that packs a delirious knockout punch of sweet ginger flavor. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Go to Hue Gourmet for Vietnamese cuisine you can't find anywhere else in metro Phoenix," 10 July 2019 Phú Quô´c is renowned for its seafood, intensely flavored peppercorns, and the world’s finest nuoc mam (fish sauce), a cornerstone of Vietnamese cooking. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Take Your Vietnam Trip to the Next Level," 20 Nov. 2018 Crispy fried whole sea bass (MP $19.95) is also terrific, the skin crunchy outside, soft inside, and scented with nuoc mam (in the broader sense). Spencer Caldwell, courant.com, "Vietnam Restaurant, West Hartford," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of nuoc mam

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nuoc mam

Vietnamese nước mắm, literally, salted fish sauce

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“Nuoc mam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nuoc%20mam. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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