Spicy Dipping Salt (Muoi Ot)

“Salt is the policeman of taste: it keeps the various flavors of a dish in order and restrains the stronger from tyrannizing over the weaker.” -Margaret Visser, 20th century author. 
I love that quote and with that thought, let us use salt to bring out the sweetness of not-so-sweet fruits. So here is the ultimate way to overcome that bland watermelon, that super tart pineapple, sour granny smith, or even bland guavas. Just dip them in spicy salt! How??? Grab some  spicy peppers and salt, mash them together and voila! Sweetness is found, or at least your bland fruit tastes much better than without this spicy salt. Give it try and see!

dipping salt

RECIPE for 2-3 cups of cut fruits

1 red chili pepper
2 tbs of kosher or sea salt

If you really want to go native, as in like the locals of downtown Saigon, Vietnam food hawkers, then add in 1 small quirt of siracha to the salt. Mix well and microwave it for 15 seconds to cook out the moisture. Add a fresh chili pepper if you like and dip!

Depends on how spicy you want. Combine 1 spicy pepper with 2 tablespoons of sea salt or kosher salt. Use the back of the spoon to break open the pepper and remember to include the seeds this time.