I have been so excited for this month’s giveaway.
(Just to clarify – when I say ‘this month’ I am not implying there will be a giveaway every month, although I would love to make that happen for you all. Don’t take it as gospel, though!)
Anyway. Back to my excitement. SO MUCH excitement.
I first got to thinking about fish sauce when I saw this amazing post on a blog I love called Nourishing Joy, about how to make your own fish sauce.
I thought – hey, super cool! Buuuut… most of my (amazing) readers would probably not make it. Kudos to those of you that would! I also thought that I would love to make it myself, but realistically… yeah, probably not. At least not regularly. If there was a good option already available, anyway.
So then I got to hunting. Tracking down THE fish sauce. The one with no MSG. No preservatives. No sugar. Something that was REAL and AUTHENTIC. Something that was made for the love of fish sauce, rather than for the love of money.
And then I found Rachael’s Organics and Red Boat Fish Sauce.
This stuff is legit. Pure. Traditional. Perfect.
It isn’t watered down after brewing; the ingredients list reads only anchovies and salt.
AND it’s in a glass bottle. You can’t get more right-up-my-alley than that.
I’ve been tinkering with this fish sauce for a little while now. Trying to find the perfect recipe to show off the amazingness that is Red Boat Fish Sauce.
My first instinct was a stir fry of some kind. I made a few. They were great, don’t get me wrong. But they had all kinds of other ingredients; kaffir lime, ginger, lemongrass, tamari, all these really strong flavours… that made it just not about the fish sauce anymore. I love all those ingredients, but I wanted something simple. Something fish-saucey. Something delicious and versatile, that really showcased the incredible fishy flavour.
So, I settled on perhaps the simplest recipe of all. A humble little Vietnamese sauce. A sauce to showcase the fish sauce. Perfectly fitting. A sauce that takes even the most ordinary of foods to new heights. Nuoc mam cham, the perfect sauce to drizzle over vermicelli noodles and fresh veggies. The perfect sauce in which to dunk spring rolls or, well, just about anything.
But, of course, made REAL. No fake fish sauce, and no refined sugar. That’s how we roll (see what I did there?!).
And YOU, my ever-supportive readers, have the chance to WIN a bottle of Red Boat Fish Sauce. Big thanks to Rachael from Rachael’s Organics for her generosity in offering this opportunity to you. Head over to her site to see what other products she stocks; grass fed gelatin and other awesome things.
Recipe first. Scroll down to the bottom for the giveaway if you’re only here for the free stuff. 😉
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 1 long red chilli, stem removed
- 30g Red Boat Fish Sauce
- 60g apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp rapadura sugar (25g)
- 100g water
- 1 lime
- Place garlic and chilli in your Thermomix bowl and chop for 2-3 seconds on speed 8. Set aside.
- To your unwashed Thermomix bowl, add fish sauce, vinegar, rapadura and water. Cook for 3 minutes, 100 degrees, speed 2. Set aside in a serving bowl or jug for a good 10 minutes to cool slightly.
- Once cooled, add your pre-chopped garlic and chilli to the sauce along with the juice from 1 lime. Give it a stir, and serve!
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Don’t forget to comment below so you can enter the giveaway!
What’s your favourite Vietnamese dish?
What would you make with your fish sauce?
Enjoy! And happy giveaway-entering. 🙂
Kaye Glasson says
Vietnamese chicken skewers
Vietnamese chicken salad and I would make the dressing using the fish sauce
Wow Whole30 compliant fish sauce! I need to find a fabulous Whole30 recipe!
My favorite is Vietnamese chicken salad but I think I would have to try making this sauce – looks delish!!!
Not really sure what my fav Vietnemese dish is….I only remember eating a very spicy sauce once! I’d love the fish sause though to go into soups though!
Karen Wood says
I am not really familiar with Vietnamese foods but I want to make some Thai peanut sauce and I don’t have the fish sauce for it. I was looking for how to make it today and found your website.
I have truthfully never made a Vietnamese dish…ever! But, I have heard a lot about the fish sauce being amazing, so I would love to try!
Martha B says
This sauce looks really nice… I don’t know of a specific Vietnamese recipe, but I use fish sauce in my Thai cooking… such as Stir-fried beef with basil.
CONGRATULATIONS MARTHA! The bottle of Red Boat Fish Sauce is all yours! Please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize. 🙂
My favorite dish is Com Xao Ot which is something I would like to try and make or some Pho.
haven’t had much in the way of vietnamese but seeing recipes for fish sauce in my new diet of Paleo Autoimmune so would love to expand!!!!
I’ve read enough (NT and various blogs) about fish sauce to really want to try it (without making it myself — because if my family doesn’t like it, I’d be REALLY frustrated that I took all that time, …). So I’d really like to win this bottle of sauce to give it a try! 🙂
Sue Ferrari says