Fish sauce is one of the most popular sauce or seasoning in the Philippines and in Southeast Asian countries. If you are a Pinoy, you probably are very familiar with fish sauce. Fish sauce has been part of my life. I use it for cooking, dipping, marinating, and most of the time, I use it to put some flavor in my rice. It goes really well with sinigang, nilagang baboy or baka, tinolang manok, manggang hilaw, and many others. If you want to use it as a dip, you can use it as it is, or you combine that with calamansi or lemon. I really don’t have any preference when it comes to brand.
For some reason, they all taste the same to me, whether its Rufina, Nelicom, or other brand. I use the Lucky Fish Sauce brand from Thailand because that’s what’s available here in our local Asian store. And I really couldn’t find any difference. I love using it as a seasoning instead of salt because it gives a very distinct aroma that you can’t get from salt alone, although some people are offended by the smell of it, especially westerners. Luckily, it doesn’t bother my husband. He would even say that the food smells good every time I combine that with ground pepper.
I do have a lot of spices in my kitchen, but fish sauce is one of my favorite. I do admit that I sometimes have to stop myself from using it because of its salt content which is not so good when it comes to your health. Just like how you have to use everything in moderation. Too much of something is definitely not good. So, if you are a fan of fish sauce just like me, you should know when to refrain yourself from using it because it gets addicting at some point.
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