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 Recipes August 27, 2014 How to: Eggs Benny at Home Whenever we go out for breakfast with friends, it seems like the meal of choice is Eggs Benedict; that tasty dish consisting of the perfectly poached ... Read More Pantry August 26, 2014 Pickle Magic: A Quick Into to Making Pickles I first started pickling in 2004. At that time I understood very little about the process. My first pickles were fermented in pure vinegar and ... Read More Health / Victoria August 26, 2014 Nourishing Traditions Author Sally Fallon Morell at Pacific Rim College Nourishing Traditions with Sally Fallon Morell, October 4-5, 2014 Course Information: Saturday NOURISHING TRADITIONAL DIETS: THE KEY TO ... Read More How to Cook August 19, 2014 Exploring Canada’s Cuisine with The Boreal Feast Cookbook Canadian cuisine doesn’t lend itself well to definition. We’re a country of diverse provinces, each with its own regional specialties. ... Read More Pantry / Victoria August 15, 2014 9 Things to Buy in Chinatown with Chef Heidi Fink I’ve never seen Chef Heidi Fink in the weeds in a restaurant kitchen. But if I did the time warp and found myself wearing whites at Rebar Modern ... Read More Recipes August 14, 2014 The Hands-on Summer Guide to Making Jam and Jelly Much of my jam making knowledge was passed down to me from my maternal grandmother, who preserved her jams the old way, with a layer of paraffin wax ... Read More Comments are closed.