Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Appetizers)

Tangy Tomato Dip Recipe

Ingredients : Serves 8-10

1 tablespoon

2 tablespoons


2 cloves

1 - 1 1/2 teaspoons

1/4 teaspoon

1 teaspoon


60 ml

1 tablespoons

1/2 teaspoon

1/4 teaspoon

1 heaped tablespoon

Dried shrimps, soaked to soften then drained

Olive oil

Shallots, minced

Garlic, smashed and minced

Chili powder

Turmeric powder

Dried shrimp paste

Red tomatoes, finely diced

Warm water

Fish sauce



Fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves, finely chopped


Method :
  • Grind the dried shrimps in a blender, food processor or with a mortar and pestle until fine. Heat the oil in a small saucepan and stir-fry the shallots, garlic and chili powder over low heat for about 2 minutes or until softened.

  • Then add the turmeric powder, dried shrimps and dried shrimp paste. Stir-fry until fragrant.

  • This should take another 2 minutes.

  • Add the tomatoes and water. Let the mixture simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the tomatoes start to soften.

  • Stir-in the fish sauce, sugar and salt. Cover the saucepan and simmer for 7-10 minutes.

  • Transfer the dip to a bowl and set aside to cool.

  • Mix in the coriander (cilantro) leaves.

  • Serve with crispy rice cakes or raw vegetables.

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