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Apr 22, 2010 10:04 AM

Fish sauce available in Montreal

Can I get fish sauce produced in Vietnam in Montreal? If yes, which is the best fish sauce brand(produced in Vietnam) available in Montreal? Supposely Vietnam produces the best fish sauce, but all the fish sauces I see in Montreal comes from Thailand(except one or two from Hong Kong).

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  1. I just phoned my mom to ask. Apparently, the best fish sauce in Montreal is the Squid Fish sauce from Thailand.

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    1. re: vanierstudent

      So fish sauce produced in Vietnam is unavailable in Montreal(the main reason I started this topic)? The ones produced from Vietnam are considered the best fish sauce in the world. Even the Vietnamese restaurants in Montreal are using fish sauce from Thailand.

    2. From

      "I'd much rather recommend Viet Huong's brands of Flying Lion Phu Quoc and Three Crabs nuoc mam. (Though the labels might say processed in Thailand, these are purely Vietnamese fish sauces. I think this was before normalization of relations so it needed to have a non-Vietnamese label in order to be imported into the US?)"

      I'll look around here (West Island) to see of I can find any for you...

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      1. re: MikeyMadness

        As a follow up:

        Marché Kim Hoa has the Viet Huong (three crab) fish sauce pictured above. It also had Knorr (yes, Knorr) fish sauce, imported from Vietnam, pictured below. There was also something called Vietnamese Food Sauce, also from Vietnam. I don't know if it's the same product, but it may have its uses.

        Hope this helps

        Marché Kim Hoa, 4843 Sources Boulevard, Pierrefonds, QC H8Y 3C6

        1. re: MikeyMadness

          Yes, it helps. The Knorr fish sauce from Vietnam I just heard about for first time a couple of days ago. This fish sauce is more to my liking. Unfortunately Marche Kim Hoa is a bit far for me(live nowhere near the West Island). If anyone knows of any other establishment but more closer to Montreal with Knorr fish sauce?

          1. re: BLM

            I didn't look for fish sauce when I was there last week, but the new Marche Kim Phat on the South Shore has an amazingly large selection of almost any Asian products you'd want - if you're nearer to there, it would be worth checking out.

      2. When I took a cooking class given by a Vietnamese lady, she recommended Squid Brand as well.

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        1. re: TheSnowpea

          Who and where is this Vietnamese lady who gives cooking classes??

          1. re: Rebootsky

            Oh gosh, that was ages ago (eek! 20 years or so when I was doing my undergraduate degree...) in Quebec City. The lovely and energetic tiny Madame Hua. She taught us how to make Soupe Tonkinoise, a mushroom soup, fresh spring rolls, fried rolls and a few other treats. But Tonkinoise and the rolls were the recipes that stuck with me.

        2. The "best" fish sauce comes from Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam, and when the wind blows the wrong way, it's the smelliest island in the world. Fish sauce from there is available all over Asia, but I've yet to see it here.
          That said, much like maple syrup, many Thai fish sauces are mixes of whatever they can get for a good price.
          When I learned to cook in Thailand, my mentor was always faithful to Squid brand, for what it's worth.

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          1. re: bomobob

            Recently caught an episode of "Bizarre Foods" where the host traveled to Vietnam and devoted a portion of the episode to Vietnamese fish sauce. Although he didn't go into detail, he said the company that produces Vietnam's most acclaimed fish sauce is prevented from exporting it Stateside for "trade reasons". I strongly endorse Squid Brand from Thailand, but there are two products with almost identical labels, one of which contains a small amount of sugar, which, if you are diabetic, is a consideration.

            1. re: Haggisboy

              Squid Brand, is it widely available in Montreal or West Island?

              1. re: westisbest23

                Pretty much any good sized Asian grocer carries it.

                1. re: bomobob

                  It's also available in the "international" section of many supermarkets, at gourmet stores and I believe they also have it at Vrac Merci.

            2. re: bomobob

              Yep I heard about the fish sauce from Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam. They only produce a limited quanity. It's not available here, so the next best thing is some of the other brands produced in Vietnam.

            3. I do alot of VN cooking, and have used YouTube to learn from. Uyen Thy's Cooking is a VN language cooking show, and she always uses Three Crabs Brand Nuoc Mam Nhi. It's made in Hong Kong, but for my taste, the most delicious. You can find it at Marché Fu Tai around 6700 Côte-des-Neiges, Kim Phat right across the street, or at Thai Hour on the corner of Jean-Talon and St-Denis.