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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Vegetables
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2       sm           Garlic cloves, crushed
    1       sm           Fresh red chile pepper,
                         -seeded and minced
    2       tb           Sugar
    2       tb           Fresh lime or lemon juice
      1/4   c            Rice vinegar
      1/4   c            Nuoc mam (Vietnamese fish
    1       sm           Carrot, shredded
    1       sm           Daikon or turnip, peeled and
    1       t            Sugar
                         -----VEGETABLE PLATTER-----
    1       lg           Head of Boston lettuce,
                         -separated into individual
    1       bn           Scallions, cut 2 lengths
    1       c            Coriander leaves
    1       c            Mint leaves
    1       c            Fresh Asian or regular
                         -basil leaves
    1                    Cucumber, peeled in
                         -alternating strips, halved
                         -lengthwise and sliced
    4       oz           Fresh bean sprouts
   Combine the garlic, chile and sugar in a mortar and
   pound with a pestle to a fine paste.  Add the lime
   juice, vinegar, fish sauce and 1/4 cup water. Stir to
   blend.  (Alternately, combine all ingredients in a
   food processor or blender and process for 30 seconds,
   until the sugar dissolves. Toss the carrot and daikon
   shreds with the sugar in a small bowl.  Let stand 15
   minutes to soften the vegetables. Add the Nuoc Cham to
   the softened vegetables and stir.
   On a large platter, decoratively arrange the vegetable
   ingredients in separate groups.
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