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Old 07-25-2012, 04:50 AM   #11
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don't think there is a sub for fish sauce,it's just one of those things that can't be replicated imo.stick a peg on your nose & keep using the sauce!
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:31 AM   #12
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Some things have no good substitute. Fish sauce is one of those.
I, for one, love the smell. Fish sauce has to be one of my favorite condiments and ingredients.
My suggestion, instead of trying substitutes just hold your nose while you cook with it. Otherwise that foundational SE Asian flavor will always be missing from the dish.
Bonito flakes don't have the super-savory, deep, salty, fermented, complex flavor that fish sauce has, in my opinion.

I agree 100%
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:45 AM   #13
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I've come to the conclusion this thread is not about a sandwich made with fish sauce, on a long crusty roll.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:53 AM   #14
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There's no substitute for fish sauce for me because I like it and because it is readily available here. However I'm often tempted to try and come up with some substitute that might give others some reasonably similar result when they can't find fish sauce in their local stores. Somebody not liking fish sauce or not wanting to use it is very unusual, and I don't know what to do for people like that. That's a desire that is unlikely to be satisfied because the more accurate the substitute is the more likely they will be to not want it, for the same reasons they don't want fish sauce.

My advice: Either leave it out or like the others said hold your nose while you add it. I've never been able to taste or smell fish sauce in a completed recipe as an individual thing, but rather it changes everything but not in a fishy smelly way.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:56 AM   #15
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I've come to the conclusion this thread is not about a sandwich made with fish sauce, on a long crusty roll.

I reckon so!
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:57 AM   #16
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When I tell people a dish has fish sauce in it, they wrinkle their noses in distaste but love the dish when it's done. I ask if they tasted the fish sauce and they say no. Maybe they will be more accepting next time.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:03 PM   #17
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I've come to the conclusion this thread is not about a sandwich made with fish sauce, on a long crusty roll.
very good andy,fair do's,very good!!
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When I tell people a dish has fish sauce in it, they wrinkle their noses in distaste but love the dish when it's done.
Just don't tell them. If they ask what that bottle is, tell them it's nam pla, a special Asian ingredient that makes the dish taste better.
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:59 PM   #19
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I'm opposed to hiding ingredient info from people I feed. Just on general principles.
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Old 07-25-2012, 02:47 PM   #20
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Oyster sauce isn't really anything like fish sauce. It has a thick kind of smoky taste and lots of soy (which may or may not go with the recipe).
Yes, I know - it's one of my favorite condiments. Since there really is nothing like the flavor of fish sauce, I thought it might be good anyway, since it has such a nice fermented flavor. I only use about 1/4 tsp. in a batch of stir-fry and it makes a big difference. A dash of Maggi seasoning is another possibility.
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