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Fermented fish sauce

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Looking for high quality fish sauce made from fermented whole fish and available inLA area.
I have read that the standard items found in markets like 99 ranch for around $5 is not the
real thing. Thanks

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  1. Not the "real thing" ?
    Explain.

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    1. re: monku

      Roughly commercial low end sauces use extracts of anchovies ect while the authentic is made from
      a barrel of fermented anchovies and other small fish and lots of salt and after the fish breakdown
      the liquid is drawn off and bottled. I beleive this is similar to garum which the ancient Romens
      used with many of their foods

      1. re: smiling ed

        Interesting.
        Never heard of using anchovy extract to make fish sauce. I figured they were all made the same way, using anchovies.

        1. re: monku

          Maybe hunt around a Thai place like LAX-C downtown.
          1100 N. MAIN ST.
          LOS ANGELES, CA 90012
          ph: 323-343-9000

    2. $4 is about the price you'd pay for the real thing. where did you read that it was more expensive?

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      1. re: raizans

        Premium oyster (starting at $5 a bottle) sauce uses real oysters and the oyster "favored" sauce uses extracts.

      2. Buy only Thai fish sauce. My preferred brand is Tra Chang (made from only anchovy, salt, sugar), which I normally find at LAX-C. http://www.lax-c.com/

        That said, I'm not sure where you get the idea you have to pay more than $4 or $5 for good quality fish sauce, as raizans mentioned above. A bottle of Tra Chang (a good hefty 24 ounces) retails for about $4.50 if I recall correctly.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Fish Sauce tks for the info . Several articles say the fish sauce from a small island phu quoc
          called nuoc man in Viet Nam is very good. The internet has very interesting info under
          fermented fish sauce.One article from Taiwan mentioned almost all fermented fish products
          they analized had more than 50 ppm the fda limit for histamine and one had 1000ppm. This can
          cause scombroid poisoning. The amines are a bi product of fermentation and are found in
          most fermented products. No wonder this stuff is cheap but it does taste good.