Fish Sauce: The Asian all-around sauce - Red Boat | Karman Reviews
Red Boat fish sauce is a Vietnamese treasure. It is 100% pure, first press, extra virgin fish sauce. This means that it is of top quality and made from only the freshest ingredients. Professional chefs from around the world use this sauce as a secret ingredient in dishes ranging from soups and salads, to chicken and pork. The production process for the sauce has its origins in a 200 year old recipe. On the bottle, you'll see it is marked 40°N. This indicates the amount of nitrogen per liter, and is a measure of the sauce's intensity.
Red Boat has been producing quality sauces since 2006. Cuong Pham, the owner of Red Boat, returned to Vietnam from California to expand his small family run facility on Phú Quốc Island. Adopting a centuries old fermentation tradition, Cuong started to produce and manufacture this pure fish sauce, free from additives, preservatives, and flavor enhancers.
The flavor of this sauce is full of umami. It adds depth and a rich meaty taste to any food it is added to. The extra rich protein content gives Red Boat a unique savory flavor that is both healthy and delicious. The serving size indicated on the bottle is one tablespoon. There at 34 servings per container, and each serving contains four grams of protein, and 1,430 milligrams of sodium.
The sodium content in this sauce is quite high, so remember that a little goes a long way. After opening the product, store it in the refrigerator, since it contains fish. It has a long shelf life of nearly two years, so if stored properly, it will last you a very long time. I love this fish sauce since it is simple and made from only two ingredients, fresh anchovies and sea salt. It is free from added water, MSG, and preservatives. The bottle indicates that salt crystals or fish protein precipitate may occur naturally due to temperature changes, but it does not affect the quality of the fish sauce.
This sauce is incredibly versatile. Here are a few ways you can use it to add a nice depth to your fruits. You could make a celery salad and pour over a dressing made from vegetable oil, lime juice, and fish sauce for a salty, assertive flavor. You can make a delicious shrimp and noodle soup, and add in a tablespoon of this fish sauce to the other ingredients for deep umami flavor. Red Boat fish sauce is also good for beef curry. Add a quarter cup of the sauce to the curry for a rich meaty taste to permeate the meal. I hope you get a chance to try out the sauce. It is delicious, and really versatile. Get creative with how you use it, and you will find that your savory foods take on a richer flavor.
Now, I'm going to show you inside the bottle. I'm going to remove this plastic seal. After removing the outer plastic, open the lid and inside, you can see that there's a little pull tab. Remove this to open the bottle.
As you can see, the sauce is quite runny. It has a similar color and consistency as soy sauce. It does however, smell much more pungent, though it tastes great. I hope you'll try it out.