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ISO Red Boat Fish Sauce

katzzz Feb 16, 2013 10:22 AM

I've heard that Red Boat is the best. I have never found it in any of the stores I've looked. I'm almost done with the bottle of Squid fish sauce in my cupboard, thought I might give Red Boat a try. Is it really better than the others? Or are all fish sauces created equal?

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  1. Allstonian RE: katzzz Feb 16, 2013 10:29 AM

    Looks like it should be available at any local Whole Foods.

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      caromk RE: Allstonian Feb 16, 2013 09:28 PM

      I looked for it at the Whole Foods on River St about two weeks ago and couldn't find it in the Asian sauce section. (So ordered it off Amazon.)

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        missbidon RE: caromk Feb 17, 2013 04:53 AM

        It' s not in the asian section. It 's across from the seafood counter... go figure.
        WF in Bedford only had the 40deg kind. It's superior for dipping cooked meat (pure form) but for cooking I use 3 crabs.

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          katzzz RE: missbidon Feb 17, 2013 06:44 AM

          Where do you get 3 Crabs?

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            C. Hamster RE: katzzz Feb 17, 2013 04:34 PM

            At pretty much any Asian market. I prefer it too. That and Tiparos

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          deglazer RE: caromk Feb 18, 2013 05:23 AM

          I bought a bottle at that same Whole Foods about two months ago. It was the last one on the shelf at that time so maybe they haven't re-stocked. Later that day I saw the same size bottle at Kam Man in South Bay for half the price.

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            missbidon RE: deglazer Feb 18, 2013 11:59 AM

            Wow. surprised they sell red boat at Kam Man! they are not listed on red boat website. Is it the small bottle (40degree kind) or maybe the 30degree kind that red boat discontinued (that I've never seen)?
            Last week, I bought phu quoc double fish fish sauce at Hmart.
            (Be careful with all the 'fake' vietnamese fish sauce. some of them say they are from phu quoc (name) but at the bottom, it says Made in Thailand).
            Haven't had a chance to try it yet. a bargain at $4.49 (the normal size bottle) compared to this 250ml tiny bottle of 40degree red boat.

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              Trumpetguy RE: missbidon Feb 18, 2013 02:57 PM

              Thanks for that info! I checked my super cheap fish sauce( purchased at WF for under $3 ) and it says "Product of Thailand" :( I will keep searching! I put it on quinoa :)

              1. re: missbidon
                deglazer RE: missbidon Feb 18, 2013 09:44 PM

                I was a little surprised to see it myself, even though they have a great fish sauce selection. I expect it more at fancy food shops. They have two sizes, the 250 and a bigger one, maybe 500ml? Both are the same kind, the 40.

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          paul balbin RE: katzzz Feb 16, 2013 10:33 AM

          tried red boat, three crabs is still my fav.

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            katzzz RE: paul balbin Feb 17, 2013 03:39 PM

            What quality makes Three Crabs superior to Red Boat (or one fish sauce superior to another)?

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              skshrews RE: paul balbin Feb 24, 2013 01:49 PM

              Agree with Three Crabs

              I love fish sauce, I could drink the stuff

              Very nice with cucumbers/shallots and a little lemon juice

            2. Dinsdale45 RE: katzzz Feb 16, 2013 10:41 AM

              I see it in every Asian market in Lowell.

              1. Delucacheesemonger RE: katzzz Feb 17, 2013 07:03 AM

                They have a website and you can buy there.

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                  grant.cook RE: katzzz Feb 18, 2013 10:47 AM

                  Red Boat is in all the WF's.. its like 8$ a bottle. At Fresh Pond, its near the Seafood section..

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                    overproofed RE: katzzz Feb 19, 2013 08:02 PM

                    I saw it in Marty's Liquors in Newton. Marty's is next to a Whole Foods, so you can compare prices, but WF is pretty much always more expensive.

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                      grant.cook RE: katzzz Feb 20, 2013 06:00 AM

                      I think one thing that's important is to check the ingredients - there are some things you don't want to see, sort of like the soy sauces that have no soy in them. For fish sauce, its basically anchovies and salt..

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