Ingredient of the day : Fish sauce

15 Nov

Fish Sauce or Nam Pla is one of the key ingredients in Thai cooking, in fact, many other countries in Asia also have its own version of fish sauce.

In Thailand, there are many brands of fish sauce, perhaps the most well-known amongst the foreigners are Tipparos and Squid brand.  My mother who is quite picky when it comes to food (and everything else) discovered a few years ago that neither of them suited her taste but she had found what she claimed was a great fish sauce a few years ago. We use the ” Tra Choo (Tra Chang)” or “Scale” brand. It has to be specifically golden scale as well. I’m not sure how much it cost, but it’s likely that the price is a little higher than few other brands.

Mom's favourite brand of fish sauce

Recently, there’s a new brand of fish sauce which put itself in the different league..yes.. even to mom’s favourite brand unfortunately.  It’s called ” Megachef” which is a premium grade fish sauce. I’ve heard of it through various media channels, what make it interesting is Chef David Thompson of a famous Thai restaurant in London, Nahm is a brand ambassador for “Megachef”.  For those who do not know this restaurant, it is the first Michelin star Thai restaurant.

For me who is not an expert in fish sauce, when I smelled it for the first time, I noticed immediately that it smells different and when I tasted it, it tasted different to other fish sauces I’ve ever tasted before. It’s definitely my new favourite brand of fish sauce from now on!  I’m sure that Megachef is being sold in many Asian’s groceries stores, throw away or give away your old fish sauce in your pantry and stock up the Megachef!!

Megachef, the hip fish sauce of Thailand

Megachef fishsauce

 

 

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