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#21 ExtraMSG

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 10:22 PM

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 09:57 AM


My favorite is Phu Quoc Flying Lion brand. Three Crabs and Squid work.

Stay away from Tiparos, usually comes in a plastic bottle.


Where are you getting the Phu Quoc?


I used to get it at Thanh Thao on 65th/Sandy, but they closed. You can find it at Hong Phat on 99th/Prescott for certain, but I imagine the large pan-Asian markets carry it. Keep in mind, this isn't made in/exported from Phu Quoc (it's made in Thailand), rather it's part of the brand name. http://vietnamesesup...nfishsauce.aspx
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Posted 19 March 2011 - 10:17 AM



My favorite is Phu Quoc Flying Lion brand. Three Crabs and Squid work.

Stay away from Tiparos, usually comes in a plastic bottle.


Where are you getting the Phu Quoc?


I used to get it at Thanh Thao on 65th/Sandy, but they closed. You can find it at Hong Phat on 99th/Prescott for certain, but I imagine the large pan-Asian markets carry it. Keep in mind, this isn't made in/exported from Phu Quoc (it's made in Thailand), rather it's part of the brand name. http://vietnamesesup...nfishsauce.aspx


I know at one time they had it at FuBonn. Not sure if they still do but worth a look.
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Posted 19 March 2011 - 12:25 PM

If they don't have it at FuBonn, it would be worth a stop at "Oriental Food Value". It's a big place, and well worth a visit. They play cooler music than FuBonn too.

They're at SE 82nd and Foster (Northeast corner of that intersection). That's close enough to FuBonn that I'd say they're in the same neighborhood.


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Posted 20 March 2011 - 11:56 AM




My favorite is Phu Quoc Flying Lion brand. Three Crabs and Squid work.

Stay away from Tiparos, usually comes in a plastic bottle.


Where are you getting the Phu Quoc?


I used to get it at Thanh Thao on 65th/Sandy, but they closed. You can find it at Hong Phat on 99th/Prescott for certain, but I imagine the large pan-Asian markets carry it. Keep in mind, this isn't made in/exported from Phu Quoc (it's made in Thailand), rather it's part of the brand name. http://vietnamesesup...nfishsauce.aspx


I know at one time they had it at FuBonn. Not sure if they still do but worth a look.

That's where I most recently got mine. Probably about a year ago.

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 08:04 PM

Thanh Thao has reopened - it appears to have different owners.

The internal layout is different and the meat counter has changed for the worse.

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 08:35 PM

Yeah, I popped my head in the other day. Seemed like a definite downturn. I liked the old place pretty well. Hadn't been there much since moving so close to Fubonn and An Dong, but if in that area, I'd be looking at Pacific Supermarket first.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 02:21 PM

I really like the "golden boy" fish sauce -- it's got a somewhat creepy picture of a semi-naked baby clutching a bottle of fish sauce on the label. I think I got the referral from some roundup that I can't find anymore (I think they also liked the Thai Kitchen brand best for serving in an uncooked sauce, though I think golden boy is nice for that as well).

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 11:10 AM

Thanh Thao has reopened - it appears to have different owners.

The internal layout is different and the meat counter has changed for the worse.


My feelings exactly. I live a few minutes walk from this place and was excited to see it re-open, but unfortunately without all the folks who used to work there, and minus the deli and prepared food. I've seen some of the same people working at Hong Phat on Prescott, and the way they package things is similar. Maybe the same owners now?

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 07:29 PM

Just got a bottle of the Red Boat fish sauce from Thanh Thao today. Real Phu Quoc stuff---only anchovies and salt. Twice the price as other fish sauces, but worth it. Great stuff.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:41 PM

Just got a bottle of the Red Boat fish sauce from Thanh Thao today. Real Phu Quoc stuff---only anchovies and salt. Twice the price as other fish sauces, but worth it. Great stuff.

Thanh Thao on 65th and Sandy? I shopped there during the closing sale a few months back, and didn't even bother checking what became of the place when I was at Pho An just few weeks ago. Thx for the tip on the market and the sauce.
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 02:05 AM


Just got a bottle of the Red Boat fish sauce from Thanh Thao today. Real Phu Quoc stuff---only anchovies and salt. Twice the price as other fish sauces, but worth it. Great stuff.

Thanh Thao on 65th and Sandy? I shopped there during the closing sale a few months back, and didn't even bother checking what became of the place when I was at Pho An just few weeks ago. Thx for the tip on the market and the sauce.


I think the owners may be the same as Hong Phat--similar set-up and I've seen some of the same workers there. Live in the neighborhood and miss the old set-up, deli section and workers from the old Thanh Thao, but..

That fish sauce is amazing. Could, and have, been sipping it on its own.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 11:17 AM

Red Boat Fish Sauce

Thanks for this most excellent rec!
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Posted 17 December 2011 - 07:45 PM

Red Boat Fish Sauce

Thanks for this most excellent rec!


And it's available at Food Front in Hillsdale!

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 11:19 AM

Tarad at SE 6th and Morrison, the new Thai restaurant/market from Earl Ninsom, carries 23 oz bottles of Tiparos for $1.75! I brought one home after eating there yesterday.



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Posted 28 March 2013 - 02:52 PM

I know this is an old thread, but here's 2 cents from a guy who probably goes through a liter of fish sauce a month: for things that will be fried or otherwise cooked, or when I need a large quantity, I use Tiparos. It's cheap, widely available, and tastes clean and strong. For fresh dishes, where the flavor matters more and I'll use a smaller amount, I use Red Boat. It has a superior flavor, like drinking prosciutto essence on the beach. It's much pricier than Tiparos (though still reasonably cheap for a condiment.)



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:32 AM

BliS does a bourbon barrel-aged version of Red Boat's fish sauce. It's really expensive but really good, nice item for finishing a dish. I've only ever seen it on the shelf at DiLaurenti's in Seattle but you can mail order it as well:

 

http://blisgourmet.c...arrel-aged.html


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Posted 05 April 2013 - 12:50 PM

"Premium Fish Sauces to Try: Red Boat, IHA, Megachef"

 

http://www.vietworld...a-megachef.html


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