Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce
In a mortar, pound the garlic, chile pepper and sugar into a paste. You can blend in a food processor or blender, but it's better in a mortar.Transfer mixture to a bowl and add fish sauce, lime juice and water; stir to blend. Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes or until ready to serve. Strain mixture into dipping saucers.
Makes about 3/4 cup.