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Sep 10, 2006 01:20 AM

fish sauce

Is there a place in Cambridge or Somerville where I can I buy fish sauce (nam pla/nuoc mam)? The Thai Hut on Beacon used to sell it, but they are no longer selling anything except their dire takeout

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  1. Hmm, the only place I can guarantee that has it is the Super 88.

    1. You don't specify anything about it, so although it's relatively pricy and probably not the most authentic, most supermarkets would have Taste of Thai brand in the ethnic food aisle, which should see you through (has anyone seen the 'splash' lime chili dressing they used to make locally lately? I used to love that on tomatoes). Per their site, these stores carry their products
      Market Basket
      Shaw's, Wild Harvest
      Stop & Shop
      Wal-Mart Supercenters

      1. Reliable market in Union Sq doesn't have it? Or maybe Yoshinoya on Prospect in Central? I bought some a long time ago (Vietnamese nuoc mam) at one of these, probably Reliable. There also is the market just before Fresh Pond Fish Market on FP Pkwy.

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        1. re: itaunas

          That market (it was Korean) is now closed.

        2. I was just at the Reliable, and they don't have it. I haven't heard of this place in Fresh Pond, I'll have to give it a try, what's it good for?

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          1. re: edebudeliao

            If its not at Reliable, you are probably best off going to Allston for the Super88. The place in Fresh Pond was called the New York Oriental Market and carried some unusual items, although mostly Korean and Japanese. I hadn't noticed it closed. The only other thoughts I would have is calling Captain Boston Fish Market on Main St in Medford (Somerville line) to see if they by any chance carry it or call J&K Han A Rum Oriental Mk on Mass Ave in Cambridge (near Hanna Sushi). Respectively (781) 395-8138 and (617) 547-8723 -- both are Korean but the owner of Captain Boston stocks a few other ingredients, Yoshinora is (617) 491-8221. My sister used to cook Vietnamese quite regularly, so I will see if she has any other thoughts, but I don't recall her going anywhere except reliable and the super88.

          2. Whole Foods carries the Taste of Thai brand.

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            1. re: veggielover

              I'm pretty sure that Whole Foods at Fresh Pond has Tiparos brand too, which at least comes in a decent size bottle. And Whole Foods on River St. usually has Golden Boy brand, which is much much better.

              I got Golden Boy at J & K on Mass Ave in North Cambridge once, too, but they seem to have stopped carrying it.