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Jul 9, 2013 12:51 PM

fish sauce

Are the Vietnamese and Thai versions interchangeable? It's much easier for me to get the Vietnamese version- nuoc mam instead of nam pla, the Thai version.

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  1. There will be variability in the levels of salinity and sweetness, but generally nuoc mam and nam pla are interchangeable. I am partial to Tiparos brand from Thailand, but I have used the Vietnamese 3 crabs brand before.

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    1. re: JungMann

      I also like Tiparos brand and while they are all pretty high in sodium I think it's among the lower of them if that matters at all to the OP.

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        But if it is the primary source of salt in the dish, that sodium level shouldn't be much of an issue. If the dish is too salty, then I've used too much fish sauce, regardless of brand.

        1. re: fldhkybnva

          another +1 for Tiparos here, it's almost like a secret weapon for making Thai food.

          1. re: fldhkybnva

            90% of the time, Tiparos is the only brand i see.

            1. re: TroyTempest

              I buy mine at H Mart, the Korean grocery store and they have a whole shelf of different brands in case you wanted to try out others.

              1. re: TroyTempest

                That's too bad. My Asian stores have maybe 10 or 15 to choose from,

                I love fish sauce and do blind fish sauce taste tests to amuse myself.

            1. Definitely interchangeable.

              1. Interexchangableable for me.

                1. I've read the the Vietnamese versions are stronger. Other than that I think they should be interchangeable.