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pinotho Jul 28, 2009 03:24 PM

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 .

  1. alanbarnes Jul 28, 2009 03:55 PM

    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.

    6 Replies
    1. re: alanbarnes
      Val Jul 28, 2009 04:31 PM

      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
        alanbarnes Jul 28, 2009 05:32 PM

        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
          greygarious Jul 28, 2009 06:10 PM

          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: greygarious
            alanbarnes Jul 28, 2009 06:14 PM

            I don't care for the flavor. YMMV.

          2. re: alanbarnes
            KTinNYC Jul 29, 2009 11:23 AM

            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
          pinotho Jul 29, 2009 10:54 AM

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

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