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                               Caramel Sauce
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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Vietnamese                       Condiment
                 Ceideburg 2
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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      1/3  cup           Sugar
      1/4  cup           Nuoc mam (Vietnamese fish -- sauce)
    4                    Shallots -- thinly sliced
                         Freshly ground pepper
 Thought your reference to cooking sugar syrup to “caramelize” it was interesting.
 It reminded me of a sauce that’s used in Vietnamese cuisine. It’s used in a
variety of recipes and turns out to be the “secret” ingredient that gives
barbecued Vietnamese stuff that unique taste when used as a marinade for strips
of beef, chicken or pork.  I use it in Satay recipes.  The result is a subtle,
delicious taste.
 It also gives a nice glazed finish to stuff.  Its use shouldn't be limited to
Asian cuisine. In fact, I suspect that this is originally a French influence...
   “...the only rule to remember is to turn off the smoke alarm and open all the
 windows, as the sauce will smoke heavily, with a pungent smell.” [I didn't find
 this to be much of a problem.	S.C..] Cook the sugar in a small heavy saucepan
 over low heat, swirling the pan constantly, until brown. It will smoke slightly.
  Immediately remove the pan from the heat and stir the fish sauce into the
 caramel, being careful to guard against splattering (the mixture will bubble
   Return the mixture to low heat and gently boil, swirling the pan occasionally,
 until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Add the shallots and
 ground pepper to taste; stir to combine. Use in recipes where required.  [Or, as
 I noted, as a marinade for BBQ stuff. S.C..] 
   NOTE:  Cool this sauce thoroughly before using.  If cold food is added to a
 caramel sauce that is hot, the sugar will harden instantly and you'll end up
 with a dish full of candy chips.
  Yield: 1/3 cup.
   From “The Foods of Vietnam” by Nicole Rauthier.  Stewart, Tabori & Chang. 1989.
   You can multiply the recipe and keep it on hand for when needed.  It stores
  Posted by Stephen Ceideburg; December 20 1990.
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