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Ghodur

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What is fish sauce supposed to look like? I bought something that claimed to be fish sauce and it is clear, looks like vegetable oil and is VERY fishy. No way would I put 2 T of this in anything. Please tell me I have the wrong stuff.
 

CraigC

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None of the fish sauces in our local Asian market are clear. They seem to have the color of honey, IMO. I guess anything is possible. What does the lable claim the origins to be?
 

GotGarlic

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What is the brand name of the sauce you bought? Maybe we can find it online and check it out.

My fish sauce is also honey-colored and the consistency is like water. It should smell very fishy, but it's not supposed to be the primary flavor of a dish. It's used like salt - just enough to enhance the flavor but not make the food salty.
 

cave76

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What is fish sauce supposed to look like? I bought something that claimed to be fish sauce a nd it is clear, looks like vegetable oil and is VERY fishy. No way would I put 2 T of this in anything. Please tell me I have the wrong stuff.

I've never bought fish sauce that was clear (like water clear) .

You might go to Google Images (if your browser has that function) and see if you recognize your bottle there.

When you say clear----- do you mean like water 'clear' or a transparent clear honey color? (Sorry for the clumsy description. :))

If it looks like vegetable oil then I assume you mean 'transparent' clear but some color to it.

Is your fish sauce lighter in color than the lightest one shown in this image?

fish-sauce-taste-test-color-comparrison.jpg


This site will not answer your question but it will explain a lot about fish sauce.

Fish Sauce Taste Test, 13 Brands Compared — Our Daily Brine

I do love a mystery.
 

GotGarlic

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You might go to Google Images (if your browser has that function) and see if you recognize your bottle there.

Just wanted to clarify: Google Images is an option provided by the Google search engine; it's not browser-specific. Search for something at google.com and click Images on the search results page.
 

cave76

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Just wanted to clarify: Google Images is an option provided by the Google search engine; it's not browser-specific. Search for something at google.com and click Images on the search results page.

Thank you--- I sorta thought that after I'd posted.
 

Cooking Goddess

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...It's used like salt - just enough to enhance the flavor but not make the food salty.
Ghodur, like GG said it's to enhance the overall flavor of a dish. Since it seems strong to you, just use a scant portion of what a recipe calls for. If the recipe says 1 TBSP you could start with 1 TSP or less. That's what I have done over time with sesame oil. It started out too flavorful for me; as I got used to the flavoring I could put more in.
 

cave76

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My sauce has a very slight honey color.

Thank you----- Then I would think that it's one of the fish sauces with less color and is probably o.k. Experimenting with just a little is a good idea.

Have you told us the brand name yet or an image from Google Images? That would help.
 

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