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But for my taste, I prefer to mix a dab of anchovy paste into whatever.
After all the talk I thought if I am going to try it get the real good stuff. Was told Red Boat Fish Sauce was the top of the line. Hell it should be. I was out $23. to order (so good you can't buy it in Texas) and got 2 smallish bottles. I gave away one bottle on the Christmas exchange and still have not opened the top of the bottle I kept. I wish Village Idiot had said somthing then as I would be out say $7.00 total for the two bottles. That way I would have $7.00 invested in something, not the $23....... If Gary said try it, do it......
Fish sauce is supposed to increase the "savoriness" of a dish, but you're not supposed to be able to taste it directly. Have any tasters compared them with that in mind? (I use Tiparos, from Thailand, myself)
Like you, I was exposed to authentic Thai at a fairly young age. There is no comparison to what is available in restaurants. Even in Toronto, where cultures tend to be kept intact for generations, the stuff I learned back then is better