Using a pestle and mortar, crush the
chilies and garlic with the sugar.
Add lime pulp and continue to blend.
Mix the pulp with the rest of the
ingredients; if you want a more cohesive mixture, transfer the mixture
to a food processor fitted with a steel blade and blend.
If you follow this recipe, you will have enough
dressing for at least two meals. It's always easy to double or triple
the quantities if you want more. A good thing about it is its long life.
It will keep in the refrigerator for several months as long as the
container is kept tightly closed. Nuoc mam is a fermented fish sauce
available from most Oriental food shops.