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Feb 16, 2013 10:22 AM

ISO Red Boat Fish Sauce

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

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    1. re: Allstonian

      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.)

      1. re: caromk

        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.

          1. re: katzzz

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

        1. re: caromk

          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.

          1. re: deglazer

            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.

            1. re: missbidon

              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

                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.

        2. tried red boat, three crabs is still my fav.

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          1. re: paul balbin

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

            1. re: paul balbin

              Agree with Three Crabs

              I love fish sauce, I could drink the stuff

              Very nice with cucumbers/shallots and a little lemon juice

            2. I see it in every Asian market in Lowell.

              1. They have a website and you can buy there.

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