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Golden Boy Fish Sauce: How to open?!

Bueno Nov 2, 2007 01:36 PM

This is ridiculous just how stupid my question is, but anyway, it's pissing me off.

I purchased GOLDEN BOY FISH SAUCE for the first time today (I usually use "Squid" brand or 3 Crabs) and it has this funny seal on the lid that I have no idea how to open. It's hard to explain, but if you've ever purchased this brand, you know what I'm talkin' about. It's plastic, with a thin disc, and then what looks like a plastic button. I tried prying it off with a knife, pushing the button, turning it, everything!

It's like a fishy Fort-friggin-Knox!

Please help. :(


  1. Gio Nov 2, 2007 01:49 PM

    Oh Lord.... I soooo want to help you. After I pick myself up off the floor.

    I did a quick Google and notice the bottle has a wrapper around the top of the neck. Can you slip a knife.....very carefully , under that and perhaps slit the wrapper? You probably already tried that, though. In any case, my dumb reply will have bumped your dilemma to the top of the page. Is it 5 o'clock yet?

    3 Replies
    1. re: Gio
      Bueno Nov 2, 2007 01:58 PM

      lol - yes, I removed the plastic! This is the actual sealer contraption. Ya know, sometimes they have rings you can pull, or whatever... but this friggin thing is like an impenetrable plastic nipple. It's Superwoman's nipple! They seal their fish sauce with Superwoman nipples!

      1. re: Bueno
        TSQ75 Nov 8, 2007 11:57 AM


        sorry, and i actually have that fish sauce at home, but for the life of me cant remember what i did to open it...

        1. re: TSQ75
          Bueno Nov 9, 2007 07:56 AM

          Err, thanks -- but as you see, I figured it out about a week ago.

    2. Bueno Nov 2, 2007 02:06 PM

      Nevermind. Apparently I'm not the only one who has had this problem:


      I'm off to cut off the nipple now. With a diamond-cut chainsaw.

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      1. re: Bueno
        Gio Nov 2, 2007 05:40 PM

        Did it work? What was the dish you needed this exquisite fish sauce for? You do know that Golden Boy Fish Sauce is *the* fish sauce of choice for the most discriminating chefs...

        1. re: Gio
          Bueno Nov 2, 2007 07:38 PM

          It worked like a charm, thanks! Golden Boy is a premium fish sauce, that apparently has a less salty flavour than some of the other premium brands (confirmed!) which makes it ideal (to me anyway) for Pho. Which is exactly what I needed it for, and it was indeed THE fish sauce to use for Pho. I've always found my Pho to be a wee bit too salty, and this rectified that completely. I'm quite pleased, even considering the turmoil the bullet-proof nipple caused me.

          I'm a convert, it's Golden Boy from now on for me (with Three Crabs in second place).


          1. re: Bueno
            Gio Nov 8, 2007 11:45 AM

            Well - I have now entered the ranks of "the most discriminating chefs." Bought my first bottle of Golden Boy Fish Sauce yesterday. If you had not had your night of "fishy Fort-friggin-Knox!", I never would have known about it much less how to open it. I'm the original Mrs. Klutz.. Now I look forward to making this recipe I found today:
            BTW: This fellow uses a bit of sugar to balance out the salt, as stated in the intro paragraph.

      2. C. Hamster Nov 3, 2007 08:44 AM

        I had the same problem with my beloved Healthy Boy Soy Sauce until I had a "duh" moment and took a paring knife to that "nipple."

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          nolagirlincali May 21, 2010 05:06 PM

          Thank you so much for posting this. I thought I was going crazy when I googled...."open golden boy fish sauce" :-)

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