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Old 06-07-2007, 10:38 PM   #1
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What is fish sauce?

Can someone please educate me on this? I have no clue...it sounds disgusting to me but I'm sure it isn't!

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Old 06-07-2007, 10:54 PM   #2
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It's made from anchovies that are cured in salt.

Don't be put off by the name or the description. It adds a great flavor to dishes. It does not make everything taste like fish.
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Old 06-07-2007, 11:27 PM   #3
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Old 06-08-2007, 11:47 AM   #4
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Fish sauce. Personally I use 3 Crabs Brand. It's available in most Asian markets/stores and often available in some larger supermarkets.

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Fish sauce is one of those things that on it's own could be considered pretty gross, but of course that is not how it is intended to be used. When used in a dish it adds amazing flavor. You have probably had it in dishes a million times, but just didn't know it. You would notice a missing flavor if those same dishes were made without it though.
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Here you go: http://www.minimus.biz/images/F03-4400300-2100bg.jpg

...fish sauce.
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Old 06-08-2007, 12:10 PM   #7
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Fish sauce. Personally I use 3 Crabs Brand. It's available in most Asian markets/stores and often available in some larger supermarkets.

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Do yourself a favor and try to find this in a local store. It costs about 1/3 of the price quoted in the above link (not counting shipping).
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Old 06-08-2007, 12:12 PM   #8
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while it is quite tasty, and adds that background "something", it's the wooden fish press that they use that disturbs me.
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I have found that, because I never want another quart bottle of patis hanging around my kitchen for months on end, it is best to go to a specialty store like Cost Plus World market, where you can buy fish sauces from several different southeast Asian countries, in very small bottles.
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And if/when you decide to use it remember, a little goes a long way.

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