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 May 1, 2016 May / June 2016 Issue “May/June 2016 Issue” READ Features: An Afternoon with Salt & Pepper Fox • A Visit to the Cowichan Pasta Company • ... Read More Spoiled Milk April 8, 2016 Here’s How To Eat Cheese and Still Eat Healthy Cheese is notorious for its high fat content. Do images of unctuous brie and cheese-laden pizzas oozing with oil come to mind? It will most likely ... Read More Main course / Recipes March 30, 2016 Swiss Chard “Cabbage” Rolls Swiss Chard is a cool weather plant. Though once established, it grows well in the garden and can produce year round. Come spring, Swiss Chard will ... Read More Recipes / Salad March 1, 2016 What to Make with Winter Fruit: Think Pomelo & Persimmon Here’s a small disclaimer about me…I don’t really like fruit. I know! It’s seems ludicrous but it’s no lie. Actually, I ... Read More Dessert / Recipes February 28, 2016 Sunday Baking Project Recipe selection for you Sunday baking project: Broma Bakery’s White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Fresh Blueberries. These cookies are ... Read More One ingredient / Side dish January 4, 2016 Poor Little Parsnip: A Very Misunderstood Vegetable Parsnips are the quintessential cold weather vegetable. They are also, in my opinion, one of the most misunderstood and underappreciated root ... Read More Comments are closed.