Written By Guest Writer Edibles / One ingredient Feb 20, 2012 น้ำปลา: Fish Sauce Decoded SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Squid and Three Crabs Fish Sauce at Fisgard Market. Photo by Deanna Ladret If you’ve ever had Thai food, or made a Vietnamese or Cambodian recipe, you are probably familiar with fish sauce. Its English name is somewhat frank, and doesn’t exactly conjure up a delicious image. But Fish Sauce adds a hallmark flavour to many dishes and enjoys a similar mainstay status in Southeast Asian cuisine, just as salt and pepper do in the west. Not unlike soy sauce in Chinese food, fish sauce lends a savoury taste to soups, meat dishes, noodles and curries. Simply put, fish sauce is the liquid collected from fish––usually anchovies––that have been left to ferment in salted water for 8 months to 2 years. Fish sauce may also be derived from dried fish, shellfish, or by-catch (an assortment of whatever is brought up from the nets that is unwanted). Though mainly used in Thai, Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Filipino cuisine, it is also used (sometimes with slightly different ingredients) in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean food as well. Golden Boy Brand Fish Sauce at Fisgard Market Like the specialty salts we love in the West, fish sauce also comes in many varieties and quality grades. Generally speaking, the longer the sauce has been aged, the finer the quality will be, and the less ‘fishy’ it will smell and taste. The ingredients in the premium brands are simple: water, anchovy extract, salt, and sugar. Cheaper fish sauces can contain additives such as MSG and other flavour enhancers, so check the ingredients before buying. At less than five dollars a bottle for a premium aged fish sauce, it is certainly worth going for the better brands. Fish sauce is available at many grocery stores, although the selection will be broader in Chinatown. Fisgard Market has a decent selection in the rear right corner of the store; look for Three Crabs, Squid Brand, or Golden Boy (pictured). Here’s cool link that shows the process of fish sauce making, step by step in photos. http://importfood.com/how_fish_sauce_is_made.html Fisgard Market 550 Fisgard St, Victoria, BC (250) 383-6966 AsianChinesefish SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Must Have / Pantry / Victoria July 19, 2014 Local Pasta Maker Matt Horn of the Cowichan Pasta Company I picked my way through the Moss St. Market to meet Matt Horn, of the Cowichan Pasta Company last Saturday afternoon. Horn’s work represents the ... Read More Must Have / Top 5 July 17, 2014 Victoria’s Top Five (Plus One) Salad Rolls Gỏi cuốn (or Vietnamese salad rolls) are the quintessential summer food, perfect for picnics and eating light. Salad rolls are typically filled ... Read More How to Cook / Recipes / Victoria July 17, 2014 Smoky, Low and Slow – True Barbeque in Victoria Cold brew in one hand, set of tongs in the other. It’s hard to imagine a better way to spend a languid summer afternoon. Though these days I’m an ... Read More Top 5 / Victoria July 11, 2014 On The Menu: Victoria’s Hottest Summer Dishes Summer cuisine can be a challenge. Food should make us feel full and restored without leaving us bloated, and the amount of liquids (particularly ... Read More Must Have July 10, 2014 The Dim Sum Guide After my last Eat article on dim sum, the magazine asked me to come back with a second piece, a how-to guide for eating dim sum. As usual, this is ... Read More Recipes July 9, 2014 The Slice is Right This is my “go to” when I need a summer salad or side dish in a hurry. Besides its kick-ass unique flavour, what I love about it is the absence ... Read More Comments are closed.