Written By Guest Writer Edibles / One ingredient Feb 20, 2012 น้ำปลา: Fish Sauce Decoded SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestSquid and Three Crabs Fish Sauce at Fisgard Market. Photo by Deanna LadretIf 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 MarketLike 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 Market550 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 Good For You / Victoria January 17, 2017 No Fuss Comfort Foods – CONTEST ALERT Happy January my fellow nutritious nibblers! I am back, as promised, with another edition of Good For You Grocery Finds. This “post-holiday” ... Read More 2017 Issues / Get Fresh / Victoria January 3, 2017 The Mighty Green: Year-round microgreens make any meal healthier. “GET FRESH” My recent visit to a master microgreens grower in North Saanich, where you are literally surrounded in new life, will give ... Read More Get Fresh November 14, 2016 Kiwi Magic “It’s what’s on the inside that counts.” The Internet would like us to know that, if given the chance, kiwis could cure cancer, ... Read More How to Cook / Victoria September 8, 2016 Chef Peter Zambri’s Italian Series at Cook Culture Take your Italian cooking to the next level with Chef Peter Zambri of Zambri’s in Victoria. In this class, Peter will examine the complete ... Read More The Big Picture / Victoria July 25, 2016 Job Offer: Director of Business Development (Victoria) for EAT EAT Magazine is looking for a part-time Director of Business Development (Victoria). Could develop into full time for the right person. EAT Magazine ... Read More Recipes / Side dish July 22, 2016 DIY Blueberry Jam with Lavender and Lemon One of the reasons I love blueberries is because they make great jam, due to their naturally occurring high levels of pectin. They are also a welcome ... Read More Comments are closed.