Food

Fish Sauce


My mom bought a bottle of fish sauce a year ago and left it in the kitchen shelf.

Every time I go into the kitchen the fish sauce will be staring back at me. It’s like saying “You can’t touch me coz you don’t know how to use me!”. Very intimidating aiyoo!

After much thinking, I decided to try using this sauce for my cooking. Aiyo I must tell you… my cooking suddenly taste a lot better leh. Hahaha! I no longer use salt and soy sauce. Fish sauce is all I need.

Cook spinach, use fish sauce.
Cook yee mee, use fish sauce.
Fried mihun, use fish sauce.

Fish sauce is a main condiment use mostly in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. It is made from anchovies, salt and sugar.

I asked my mom yesterday why she bought the fish sauce. Her answer: Beh ki liau loh (can’t remember)



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11 Comments

  • Reply xin July 11, 2008 at 9:33 am

    is this the chinese calls it as ‘yu lu’?

  • Reply cc July 11, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Oh, I’ve always wondered about that. Will try it.

  • Reply Yozoranitesky July 11, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    wonderful che-cheh.. as i also see a bottle in the kitchen cabinet but don’t know what to do with it… until now :hug:

  • Reply Che-Cheh July 11, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Xin, hi my dad said correct. Fish sauce is yu lu.

    CC and Yozoranitesky, let’s try it then. If you smell the bottle it’s a bit disgusting but no worry there. Hehe.

  • Reply hedonistics anonymous July 11, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    if you’re a fan of sauce, i recommend you try the Stew Sauce from Cosway. Damn good. I use it to fry my veggies (with a little Chinese cooking wine), and it smells exactly like the veggies cooked in the restaurant.

    Also ha, the stew sauce can be used to steam fish. Don’t need kicap or salt anymore. Just a few spoons of the sauce would do. So easy. It can also mask the fishy smell of the fish (previously I used to rub a little salt over the fish to do that).

  • Reply Dawn July 11, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    I learned about fish sauce from the Hmongs and Vietnames when I first came here. I use it for my cooking too but always discreetly becoz of the gwailo in the house, but once he eats the dish, no complains.

  • Reply hcfoo July 14, 2008 at 8:52 am

    not sure if I’m going to like fish sauce. Don’t like vietnamese food. but i do like thai food.

  • Reply Che-Cheh July 14, 2008 at 9:00 am

    Hedo, okie I will look into it. My mom’s a cosway member. hehe

    Dawn, I think there’s no anchovies/fish smell after cooking right?

    Hcfoo, it’s not smelly. Your dish will smell like a pro cooking. Hahaha Try buy a small bottle and see.

  • Reply saoirse July 14, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    :LOL: I must tell you, I have the same real life experience like yours! After discovering fish sauce, every cooking I do contains fish sauce… and it’s so yummilicious! And hey, try putting the fish sauce into the ikan bilis soup and I assure you will not regret! :drool:

  • Reply Dawn July 14, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Nope not at all. It does smell “fishy” when you are cooking it tho, strong to those who are not used to the smell.

  • Reply Che-Cheh July 15, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Saoirse, hahaha wahwah I haven’t try with soup yet. Will do. πŸ˜€

    Dawn, to us a heavenly smell! Hehe

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