What is fish sauce?
Fish sauce is a common ingredient in many Asian-style recipes. What exactly is it, and how is it made? Does anyone have any great recommendations for using it?
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Fish sauce is basically a fermented mixture of fish, water, and salt. I've never made my own, but there are great debates over what brand reigns king (3 Crabs vs. Squid). Because it's fermented, fish sauce does not expire, as long as you keep it in a cool, dark place. For those who do not eat fish, there is a vegetarian version, but I have not tried it.
Fish sauce is usually used in kimchi. It is also a common ingredient in Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. I really love the Momofuku recipe for fish sauce vinaigrette, and it goes well with roasted cauliflower -- perfect for fall!
Sep 19, 2011 at 10:50am