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Red Boat fish sauce for sale east of Hollywood

Hegenbarth Feb 14, 2014 06:53 PM

Hello, my bottle of Three Crabs is just about empty, and I've seen and heard much about Red Boat being a superior brand. I'd like to try it. I've read online that the 500mL bottle can be found for $8 at some stores, but I haven't seen it in Asian markets and its $21 (!) on Amazon and $17 shipped from the company website. Any tips?

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    bulavinaka RE: Hegenbarth Feb 14, 2014 07:24 PM

    Sur la Table has it. Can't remember the price...

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      Will Owen RE: bulavinaka Feb 15, 2014 10:20 PM

      Bound to be more than Hawaii Super!

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      andytseng RE: Hegenbarth Feb 15, 2014 09:42 AM

      I've bought it at Hawaii Supermarket on Del Mar

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        Sgee RE: andytseng Feb 18, 2014 08:31 PM

        $5.99/bottle at Hawaii Supermarket

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          Hegenbarth RE: andytseng Feb 25, 2014 07:13 PM

          Really late replying, but thanks for this tip! I'll have to check it out.

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          Burger Boy RE: Hegenbarth Feb 15, 2014 09:58 AM

          Sandwich Place on Rowena.
          Surfas, not eat of Hollywood but
          Check Bangluck Market
          I think Red Boat Website lists the places that have it.

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            Xan7hos RE: Hegenbarth Feb 15, 2014 10:57 PM

            Whole Foods usually has it

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              revets2 RE: Hegenbarth Feb 17, 2014 03:01 PM

              Good to see they now stock RBFS at Whole Foods and Sur La Table

              The least expensive place we've purchased it is at Nam Hoa in Garden Grove by the case (~$75 for the 500 ml 40 degree bottles). They also stock the tiny bottles which are great for storing in the glove compartment for occasional culinary emergency.

              If you've never tried RBFS, it should not be considered a replacement for Three Crabs. Red Boat is much more intense. It's a finishing sauce, not a cooking or fish sauce to make a dressing with. It's too pungent.

              An insider told me RBFS is developing a milder sauce to cook with...and anchovy salt. Can't wait to top some fries with that!

              1. ipsedixit RE: Hegenbarth Feb 17, 2014 06:27 PM


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                  Hegenbarth RE: ipsedixit Feb 25, 2014 07:14 PM

                  Oh man, this place. Talk about analysis paralysis. This is close by. I'll check it out, thanks.

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                  laguano RE: Hegenbarth Feb 18, 2014 10:46 AM

                  Surfas in Costa Mesa has Red Boat. Their other location probably has it, too.

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                    webb RE: Hegenbarth Feb 21, 2014 05:10 PM

                    They sell it at Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park.

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                      catbert RE: Hegenbarth Feb 27, 2014 05:35 PM

                      as other's have said, hawaii super market. they tend to be cheaper than little saigon. but in little saigon, it's in a lot of markets. although not always in the fish sauce aisle (look for stacked displays). personally, i like mega chef more. i mention it if you're interested in trying other premium fish sauce. it's a blue bottle with a white anchovy on it.

                      i took a pic of another premium fish sauce to ask around, but yeah, apathetic to get the pic off the phone...

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