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Fish sauce

foodsnobz Oct 18, 2013 07:28 PM

Can anyone recommend a good fish sauce from T&T supermarket? There are so many choices but I hear they're not all safe.

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  1. Sam Salmon RE: foodsnobz Oct 18, 2013 07:35 PM

    I like Golden Boy.

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      starlady RE: Sam Salmon Oct 18, 2013 09:43 PM

      I buy Golden Boy often..

    2. grayelf RE: foodsnobz Oct 18, 2013 09:19 PM

      I dunno about safe but for me the tastiest one is the one with the big ol' squid on the bottle. Though I often agree with Sam, I must say that Golden Boy is the only fish sauce I really didn't enjoy. I found it tasted more salty than fishy. Maybe I just got a bad bottle.

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        LotusRapper RE: grayelf Oct 18, 2013 10:15 PM

        Funny, cuz my bottles of Golden Boy have always tasted overly salty to me. I never bothered trying different brands, just kind of assumed they're all the same.

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          grayelf RE: LotusRapper Oct 19, 2013 10:01 AM

          I've tried about five brands. They taste different to me. I bought the Golden Boy because it was one of the few available in a smaller bottle and I was thinking that might be convenient. Found it thinner and less "umami" ish than the Squid brand, with an overwhelming taste of just salt. I use fish sauce to make a faux Caesar dressing so I gotta have the anchovy taste coming through :-).

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        bevo RE: foodsnobz Oct 19, 2013 11:01 AM

        Our favourite is Viet Hu'o'ng Three Crab Fish Sauce. It has a picture of three crabs on the label...a little more expensive but just the right amount of fish/salty flavour.

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          twinkienic RE: bevo Oct 19, 2013 01:37 PM

          +1 on the Three Crabs fish sauce. We switched after asking Slanted Door why their nuoc cham was so tasty. It makes a significant difference, I think. If I were going to use a lot, I'd probably buy the squid label one (our previous go-to brand) for cooking, and keep Three Crabs for dipping.

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            flowbee RE: twinkienic Oct 19, 2013 06:57 PM

            Yup, 3 Crabs is what we use too.

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          foodsnobz RE: foodsnobz Oct 20, 2013 02:14 PM

          Thanks, I will look for these!

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            Sam Salmon RE: foodsnobz Oct 22, 2013 06:30 PM

            Inspired by the throng of rabid Three Crabs fans here I slouched down to Sunrise Produce and bought a 300ml bottle for $2.99-expensive considering a large bottle of Squid brand was only $2.00.

            Speaking of large bottles I realise the reason I stuck with Golden Boy for so long was because it is sold in smaller quantities.

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              grayelf RE: Sam Salmon Oct 22, 2013 09:18 PM

              That's why i tried Gboy too! But then I realized that it's almost impossible for fish sauce to go off so a large bottle is okay :-)

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