Fish Sauce – “The Spirit of Vietnamese Meals”

Post by: Admin - Posted at: October 4, 2018

Phu Quoc fish sauce, Vietnam
Photo: tâm bùi

Phu Quoc fish sauce factories, where create “the spirit of Vietnamese meals” 

 The fish sauce or “nuoc mam” is a sauce made from salt and fish, so it has particular salty flavor and fishy smell.It appears in almost Vietnamese daily meal. There is always a bottle of fish sauce in the kitchen of each Vietnamese family. That’s also the reasons why we called fish sauce as “the spirit of Vietnamese meals”

Phu Quoc fish sauce, Vietnam
It is produced by fermenting black anchovies of the Phu Quoc Island coast in large wooden vats within 12-15 months

Why Vietnamese like fish sauce ?

As you know, Vietnam has about 1326 km coastline. Thanks to the preferential treatment from nature, Vietnam has plentiful sources from the sea so the local people can process sauces from seafood. But fish sauce has strongest flavor and used commonly. And the best of the best, as widely agreed among Vietnamese enclaves around the world, full flavor fish sauce comes from Phu Quoc, a wonderful island of the nation’s southwest coast.

Phu Quoc fish sauce, Vietnam
You should try a few drops, the flavor was rich, strong and sweet. Photo: tâm bùi

Not only is Phu Quoc fish sauce famous for hight quality with high protein, the sweet, fragrant rice fish specialties only have in Phu Quoc. ., but also traditional long-term fish sauce process of local people here. Phu Quoc sea is the natural source of great seafood from which can be processed fish sauce famous in and out of the country. Fish sauce has probably been invented right here in Vietnam, but it’s also popular in Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries.

Phu quoc fish sauce factory, Phu Quoc, Kien Giang
Phu quoc fish sauce factory, Phu Quoc, Kien Giang

How Phu Quoc fish sauce is made ?

The fish sauce is a sauce made from salt and fish. It is produced by fermenting black anchovies of the Phu Quoc Island coast in large wooden vats within 12-15 months. Coming to Phu Quoc fish sauce factories, at first glance, the giant wooden vats may make you think you’ve arrived for a wine tasting, but you will be surprised with the sauce inside in decades-old barrels of a particular type of wood and imagine how much fish sauce used in daily meal.

Phu Quoc fish sauce, Vietnam
He give the fish into the giant wooden vats. Photo: Tâm Bùi

According to the fishermen, not all fish are used as fish sauce, just only using special anchovy fish such as “Com Do”, “Com Than”. Especially “Soc Tieu” Anchovies could make the particular Phu Quoc fish sauce flavor.

Phu Quoc fish sauce, Vietnam
Not all fish are used as fish sauce, just only using special anchovy fish such as “Com Do”, “Com Than”. Especially “Soc Tieu” Anchovies could make the particular Phu Quoc fish sauce flavor. Photo: tâm bùi

 The fishermen said that the fish sauce is usually brewed in decades-old barrels of a particular type of wood, the characteristic wood of Phu Quoc primitive forest, contributing to the smell of fish sauce and the color of cockroaches’ wings. 

Phu Quoc fish sauce, Vietnam
The characteristic wood of Phu Quoc primitive forest, contributing to the smell of fish sauce and the color of cockroaches’ wings. Photo : tâm bùi

When observing, you should try a few drops, we absolutely surprise of the flavor filled your mouth with a pure, pungent, strong. It was rich, strong and sweet. We sure that this is one of unforgetable feeling ^^ . The price of a bottle of fish sauce from 40,000- 130,000 VND depend on its protein level. ( 30-35, 40 or 45 )

Do you know other wonderful uses of fish sauce ? Old fishermen once drank a cup to keep body warm when venturing out to sea or divers drank it before plunging into deep and cold waters.

Phu Quoc fish sauce, Vietnam
They are pouring the fish sauce in the bottle to sell to the market. Photo : Tâm Bùi

The following is a list of fish sauce factories that you can visit:

– Khai Hoan Fish Sauce Factory : 
11 Hung Vuong Street, Duong Dong Town
Most popular factory to visit with a tour group or by yourself . They also have souvenir shop

– Phung Hung Fish Sauce Factory :
201 Nguyễn Văn Cừ Street, An Thoi Town
Located on the eastern coast of Phu Quoc. This also have souvenir shop for tourists.

– Hung Thinh Fish Sauce Factory
30 Thang 4 Street, Duong Dong Town

– Red Boat Fish Sauce ( one of the world’s best fish sauce ) 
8 Phan Nhung Street, Duong Dong Town

If you curious as to what made Phu Quoc fish sauce so legendary, you should make your way to the fabled island to taste it for myself.

Phu Quoc fish sauce, Vietnam
Many tourists are excited when visit Phu Quoc fish sauce factory Photo: amitysmiletravel

 

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Post by: Admin - Posted at: October 4, 2018

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