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Red Boat fish sauce

foodsnobz Feb 14, 2014 05:55 PM

Anyone know if this product can be found in Vancouver?

  1. flowbee Feb 18, 2014 04:41 PM

    Is nuoc mam the new extra virgin olive oil?

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      daislander Feb 18, 2014 07:56 PM


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        LotusRapper Feb 18, 2014 08:09 PM

        Yes and you should use it on collard greens and cauliflower (the 'new' kales) ;-)

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          flowbee Feb 19, 2014 09:43 PM

          HEIRLOOM cauliflower :P

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            LotusRapper Feb 19, 2014 11:19 PM

            With Dijon ketchup ! (reference to the BNL's)

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              LotusRapper Feb 19, 2014 11:21 PM



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                Georgia Strait Feb 20, 2014 11:56 AM

                speaking of kale - i don't really "get" that trend - not a kale (is it a brassica?) fan - however we really like the "bright lights" sw chard (often in the organic shelf of product section in supermarket) PLUS I can grow it at home here at coast - facing south in winter - see the organic seeds at West Coast (in Ladner or on Internet - and super easy to grow - use scissors to harvest and it will keep producing)

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          daislander Feb 18, 2014 12:46 PM

          Is that a good one!? I am on a Vietnamese kick. I just whipped my first batch of nuoc ma cham so it has time to sit before dinner tonight. No comparison to what I've had in restaurants! I had the Asian Creations Thai one on hand but then picked up a golden boy brand which looked popular. Fish sauces seem to all have different ingredients like carmel msg sugar...

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            yatyat Feb 15, 2014 09:05 PM

            I have looked to no avail and ended up ordering from their website and picking up at Pt Roberts.

            I suspect It will be too pricey for Kingsway & Chinatown stores to carry....

            Perhaps we could do a group buy in the future ....

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              Sam Salmon Feb 15, 2014 10:40 PM

              Is it that much better?

              Better even than Three Crabs?

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                yatyat Feb 16, 2014 02:46 PM

                I don't know if I have tasted Three Crabs. The last one I got from T&T had a boy on the label and the Red Boat tastes better.

                I got it because it was recommended on a few paleo sites that I visit.

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                  dimples_323 Feb 18, 2014 12:32 PM

                  I found some at a market in Seattle. It's definitely pricier than "regular" fish sauce but the ingredients list is impeccable. Anchovy, salt. That's it. 3 crabs and most other fish sauce has a bunch of additives.

                  As for taste, I've only added it to meatballs/soups/stews, etc rather than something like nuoc cham where you can really taste the fish sauce so there's not a huge difference if you're using it like me.

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                    grayelf Mar 1, 2014 11:27 AM

                    Not a fan of Golden Boy or Lucky Brand, which I find far too weak (Pook confirmed this, FWIW). I got both because the bottles are smaller but chucked 'em out. Give me a big bottle that lasts forever, notwithstanding the silly best before dates. It can get bit darker and develop crystals but no harm no foul so far.

            2. Sam Salmon Feb 14, 2014 07:20 PM

              Never seen it but

              Asia Market on Hastings would be a place to start a search failing that I'd head up Kingsway into Little Vietnam.

              Looks rather high end though who knows maybe Urban Fare has it.


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                betterthanbourdain Feb 25, 2014 04:33 PM

                Never seen it locally. Asia market doesn't carry it. Was there a few days ago. They didn't have the 3crab either ended with brand never used before.

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                  Sam Salmon Feb 25, 2014 05:34 PM

                  3 Crabs comes & goes it seems in short supply much like certain Kecap Manis brands.

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                    grayelf Mar 1, 2014 11:24 AM

                    Nice to see you around these parts again, betterthanbourdain. Three Crab is back in stock at Asia Market as of yesterday. I had a bottle in my hand when I bumped into Pook, co-owner of this and Benjarong. She dismissed it summarily and pointed me to Squid brand, which has been my go-to for a while. So she suggested trying Prawn brand, manufactured by the same company, as a second choice. They have identical amounts of the same ingredients, interestingly. We shall see...

                    FWIW the bottle btb took a snap of and 3 Crabs both have added wheat (?), so be aware of that if you are gluten sensitive.

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