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The Pantry Quiz #84


Do You Know?

Fish sauce is the basic condiment of Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. What small fish is most fish sauce made from? (Hint: it's not crabs!)


Please leave your answer in the comments, and let us know whether you have this ingredient in your pantry.

[Last week's answer: Sherry vinegar must age for a minimum of six months in order to receive the official designation vinaigre de Jerez.]

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If I remember right, there is not any type of aquatic animal used in the making of fish sauce. It has been years since I have used fish sauce in my cooking. I guess the reason why I no longer use the fish sauce is because I am older now and and try to do the least amount of cooking as possible.

Anchovies! And yes, I have this brand!

I've had mine for years. Keep it in the fridge; have no idea if it is a good brand or not. My first thought was anchovies, but 2nd guessed myself & cannot thinkof another answer

I would say Anchovies, and I do love fish sauce. I buy Three Crabs but also recently bought some Red Boat Fish Sauce, which is divine.

herring, and yep got it in the fridge

Anchovies... in my vegetarian home, I have vegetarian fish sauce, which is very tasty. Ironically, my husband brought some fish sauce back from Vietnam in 1967; that was preveg, but also pre-knowing anything about SE Asian cooking, so we gave it away to a friend. I hope she used it!

anchovies? brine shrimp? herring?
I'll eat them all.

I was pretty sure it was anchovies and checked on your blog! Yes, I was right!

Yes I do have it in my pantry!


It's made from fermented anchovies; it smells a little funky and you need to use it sparingly, but wow does it add flavor. I use Three Crabs, at your suggestion, Lydia - you recommended it years ago and I agree that it's the best!

Anchovies - and you bet I've got fish sauce (and regular ol' anchovies) in my pantry!

Anchovies. I always have Tiparos brand fish sauce in my pantry. One bottle open and one on deck.

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