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Old 01-19-2006, 08:59 AM   #1
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Fish Sauce

I have just bought my first Wok and a new recipe book to go with it. I'm very excited.
I noticed that a lot of the recipes need this fish sauce. I wasn't sure what fish sauce was so I looked up it and I don't think it's something I will like, I'm not really a fish person in the first place. I don't think I will be able to handle the smell.
Is there something that I can substitute for it?
Can I go without?



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Old 01-19-2006, 09:04 AM   #2
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Give fish sauce a try. You have probably eat it thousands of times without even realizing it. Yes the ingredient list will make you not want to try it and don't smell it right out of the bottle because it is potent stuff, but its flavor is an important one in Chinese cuisine. When it is used in cooking then you will not notice the strong flavor/smell, but if you omit it then you will notice something is missing. Give it a try just once. I am sure you will be surprised.
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Old 01-19-2006, 10:17 AM   #3
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GB is correct. The fish sauce adds to the dish but you won't be able to taste it as a distinct flavor in the finished product. Trust me, this is an important ingredient.
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Old 01-19-2006, 10:22 AM   #4
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Yes, do buy some but be careful that it does not have a bunch of weird ingredients; read the label before purchasing. I try to think of it like anchovies...I know I don't like them but they do add tremendous and distinctive flavor to many sauces.
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Old 01-19-2006, 11:00 AM   #5
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Fish sauce is key to basically any Thai or Vietnamese dish. If you've eaten in a Thai restaurant you have eaten fish sauce and probably liked it.

You can buy it in any asian market and in most big supermarkets. Fish sauce doesn't have any weird ingredients -- just fermented fish (usually anchovies) salt and sugar.

It comes in a big bottle -- don't let that scare you. It'll keep forever.

3 Crabs, Squid and Golden Boy are good brands. See HERE
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Old 01-19-2006, 11:11 AM   #6
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OK I'm in. I'm going to give it a try tonight. Thank you all for the input. I'll let you know how it goes.

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Old 01-22-2006, 04:35 PM   #7
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I tried the fish sauce a couple ways.
I used it in my first Wok experience and I used it with some hot sauce for dipping roll into.

I was really worried of what the taste and smell was going to be like and it was fine, nothing like I had though it might be.

Im glad I asked about fish sauce before crossing it off my shoppin list. I will use it again.


Now I need to learn how to use a Wok. It was fun (and messy) but I think this will take a lot practice.


Thanks for all the encouragement and good advice

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Way to go Cary! It is so great that you had an open mind. I am so happy it worked out well for you
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Old 01-22-2006, 05:45 PM   #9
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I kinda put fish sauce in the same category as Worcestershireshireshire sauce.

Once you find out how it is made, it seems kinda oogy.

But it really adds something to dishes.

Glad you enjoyed it.
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"oogy" - what a great word!!

If you ever decide to make fresh Vietnamese Spring/Summer rolls you can mix soy sauce with fish sauce (roughly equal parts), add a little fresh lime, and fresh chopped cilantro.

I'm glad you gave it a try. It's kind of like cumin - that's not the best smelling stuff but I can't get enough of it in certain dishes.
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