Red Boat 40°N Fish Sauce

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no mayonnaise

Sous Chef
Oct 16, 2011
I use fish sauce a lot. A big bottle will last me 3-5 months and I've always used 3 Crabs brand. I'd heard some good things about Red Boat 40°N being "first pressed virgin," only containing salt and anchovies, having a higher Nitrogen content, etc. but being over 3x the price of my usual for a smaller bottle (At Whole Foods, where everything's more expensive than it needs to be) I was on the fence. Then yesterday I went into my usual Vietnamese grocer and there it was for only a couple bucks more than my usual fish sauce so I had to see what all the fuss was about with it.

Oh man was I missing some good fish sauce. Night and day difference in flavor, complexity, the whole nine yards. Blows away Lucky, 3 Crabs, Tiparos, Squid, etc. I'm officially a convert and Red Boat 40°N gets the No Mayo Stamp of Approval (NMSA®). If any of you cook SE Asian dishes on a regular basis I'd recommend tracking some of this stuff down and trying it.


Chef Extraordinaire
Apr 12, 2011
I'm interested, sounds great! Will look for it at the Oriental grocery store next time I'm up that way.

Thanks for the review, NM!


Chef Extraordinaire
Mar 1, 2002
Boston and Cape Cod
Hmmmm... I'm intrigued. I've done fish sauce taste tests right out of the bottle.

Next time I'm at the Asian market I'll look for it !


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