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Jul 28, 2009 03:24 PM

Brand Names

I need to buy:
soysauce - dark and light
sesame oil
fish sauce (Vietnamese)
I will go to oriental markets (DFW area) and language will be a bit of a barrier. Can anyone help out with brand names that I can look for ? TIA .

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    1. My favorites...

      Light Chinese soy sauce - Pearl River Bridge. Purple label if you can get it.
      Dark Chinese soy sauce - Pearl River Bridge again. I like the mushroom flavored version.
      Sesame oil - I'm still trying to find one I really like.
      Fish sauce - Golden Boy's the best, but can be hard to find. Squid brand is my second choice.

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      1. re: alanbarnes

        AB, have you tried Kadoya brand sesame oil? I've got a very large can of it (I keep asking sons "does this taste rancid to you?" every time I use it because I've had it so long and the answer is always "no.")t's great stuff, in my opinion. I agree with you on the Chinese soy sauces...Pearl River is excellent! Squid is our brand of fish sauce, too but I think it's Thai and OP is asking for Vietnamese...?

        1. re: Val

          Thanks for the suggestion on the sesame oil. I'll definitely keep an eye out for Kadoya.

          You're right about Squid being a Thai fish sauce. Golden Boy is, too. (Try it if you get the chance - you may not notice a huge difference in cooked dishes, but nuoc cham made with it blows anything else away.) I assumed that the "Vietnamese" reference was to cuisine, not country of origin. All the Vietnamese cooks I know use fish sauces made in Thailand.

          1. re: alanbarnes

            There's another thread on fish sauce which mentions that Tiparos has far less sodium than most (and it was the one The Frugal Gourmet always recommended).

            1. re: alanbarnes

              Kadoya is the way to go with toasted sesame oil.

              I don't think it's legal to bring in fish sauce from Vietnam so Thai fish sauce is commonly used. IMO Golden Boy is the best.

          2. re: alanbarnes

            Thanks, AB, for this input - 'tis appreciated .