I'm trying to find a decent Paleo fish sauce. There's a brand called Red Boat Fish Sauce but it retails for $15 online + $10 shipping and handling...is there any Paleo substitutes out there? Or other less expensive brands? My Thai food needs it!
I researched this pretty big and there aren't any others outside of Red Boat - all it is is anchovy and sea salt, all others that I was interested in had other junk added in. Literally tromped through most of the Asian groceries here in NY, including specialty stores, and no luck getting anything close.
I order it direct from Red Boat so I'm not sure who is charging you that price as a 2pk is about $12 and shipping was around $5 which breaks down to around $8.50 a bottle. You don't need a ton to season your food so I say go for it if you can.
Truly, it's such delicious funk - do it! :)
Not to hijack the thread or anything, but can someone tell me what one actually does with fish sauce? I see it mentioned all the time, but not it's actual use. Is it used as a condiment? What kind of meals does it accompany?
I haven't made it yet but Cheeseslave put up an amazing looking recipe for fish sauce if you're interested in making your own: Homemade Thai Fish Sauce
Homemade Thai Fish Sauce
Makes about 2 cups Ingredients
Fish, small, including heads (1 1/2 pounds)
Sea salt (3 TBS) — where to buy sea salt
Filtered water (2 cups)
Garlic (2 cloves)
Bay leaves (2)
Peppercorns, whole (1 teaspoon)
Lemon rind, organic if possible (from 1/2 lemon)
Whey, or Caldwell’s vegetable starter mixed with water (2 TBS) — where to buy culture starters Equipment
Wooden pounder or meat hammer
Tra Chang, Squid and Golden Boy brands are paleo if you're o.k. with a little sugar. No hydrolyzed wheat so not gluten anyway. Just anchovies, water, salt, and sugar. I'd pick Tra Chang and Golden Boy over Squid.
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