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 1, 2014 Rules of the Woods Camping ain’t what it used to be. And I’ve also grown older and more accustomed to certain pleasures and creature comforts that should always ... Read More Sustainability August 1, 2014 Meat of the Matter Dinner A five-course feast of meat to help support Vancouver Island meat producers. From the press release The Matter As island meat producers strive to ... Read More Must Have / Victoria July 31, 2014 On the Hunt for Fine Cheese in Victoria If you are looking to raise your cheese eating standards beyond the usual blocks of hard cheddar and budget brie that can be found at the ... Read More Kitchen Tools / Victoria July 30, 2014 Knifewear Pop-Up Store in Victoria July 30-Aug 3 “Knifewear’s handmade Japanese knives are usable art for the kitchen.” For some, combining coffee with knives sounds dangerous: ... Read More How to Cook July 29, 2014 How to Stay Safe and Cut Quick: Sharpen Your Knives at Home I’ve seen them all. Those charming little coloured ones with the enamel on the blades bought by someone’s mom, the wood-handled set passed down ... Read More 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 Comments are closed.