Written By Guest Writer Edibles / One ingredient Feb 20, 2012 น้ำปลา: Fish Sauce Decoded 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 Top 5 / Victoria April 23, 2014 5 Secrets of the City Loy Sing Co. Loy Sing Co. (554 Fisgard) is a small butcher shop in the heart of Chinatown, which incidentally also serves barbecue pork, duck, and ... Read More Pantry April 22, 2014 Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Chocolate Cake With the continuing momentum of the gluten-free wave comes a host of gluten-free products that you can find at the supermarket. I happen to be a fan ... Read More Must Have / Victoria April 22, 2014 Bubbymore Bar A popular go-to these days, for the post workout snack or the mid-day nibble, is the energy bar. Yet the average commercial bar contains over twenty ... Read More Breads / Recipes April 21, 2014 Healthy Apple’d Banana Bread At this cold time of the year, I really enjoy baking and having the oven on, but am tired of the sugar-centric holiday style of baking and like most ... Read More Must Have April 21, 2014 Sustainable Fish Tacos for Springtime “Is your cod fresh, brother?” The filets of grey cod glowed a translucent, fleshy white against the white butcher paper. The bearded wild man at ... Read More Pantry April 18, 2014 Fear Not, Sweet Fennel No matter how you serve it, be it braised, roasted, sautéed, grilled, or raw, fennel is versatility at its finest. From seed to stalk, the entire ... Read More Comments are closed.