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Red Boat Premium Fish Sauce, 500 ml (17 oz.)
- Gluten free, no shellfish
- No added water, MSG or preservatives
- Packed with B vitamins and minerals, the extra-rich protein content gives Red Boat a unique character and savory flavor that is healthy and delicious
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Top Customer Reviews
My wife is Filipina..so we know a great fish sauce, when we tatste it.
This is the very best!!!
Tiparos used to be my go-to brand. It has a classic flavor—salty, savory, not subtle, but not strong. It's no accident that so many other brands have names similar to "Tiparos". It was one of the first mass produced brands and is familiar to many people around the world. Its agreeable flavor and value lend it a broad appeal. It works well in a wide variety of uses: as a light seasoning, as the mainstay of a cooked sauce, or as a raw dipping sauce (as in nam prik).
Three Crabs is more pungent than Tiparos. It's good if you want a stronger, more savory flavor. It's not subtle, rather fishy, and maybe overpowering in raw form. It's easily one of the cheapest brands, so you get a lot for your money.
Red Boat reminds me of Tiparos more than Three Crabs, in that it strikes a very nice balance in the strength of its flavor. One the one hand, it's powerful enough to retain plenty of flavor when it's cooked. On the other hand, it's mild enough that it still works really well in raw form. More than either of the other brands, Red Boat has an incredible depth and complexity of flavor. It's highly distinctive. Having entrained my palate to Red Boat, whenever I try another brand, it's never quite as satisfying. This one deserves all the praise it's given. I have absolutely no misgivings about paying more for it.
To conclude, I draw an analogy to wines. Tiparos is like a Merlot—pleasant, medium bodied, highly versatile, but very simple. Three Crabs is like a Malbec—strong, dark, and unforgiving. Red Boat is like a fine Bordeaux—a bouquet of flavors, a medium-to-full body, deserving of appreciation on its own, but getting along splendidly with others.
Outstanding and well worth the price.
For those not willing to shell out for Red Boat, check out Tiparos brand which can be found at your local Asian market. It's not as good as Red Boat (still pretty good) but cost around 20 times less.
EDIT: 12/23/15 update. My local asian mart (Viet Hoa) sells the 17oz bottle of Red Boat for $7.48!
I also really like the simplicity in the ingredients of this fish sauce: anchovies and sea salt. There really isn't a need to include other ingredients as some other brands do.
If you are looking for a wheat-free, soy-free sauce of Asian deliciousness, this is a great choice.
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One warning though. Don't drop the bottle. *shudder*
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This item came in very damaged. The bottle was cracked making the sauce leak from the top. We need this in order to finish the experiment we are currently working on. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Christian Kopfli
Don't mistake this for a sipping wine. Appropriately stinky stuff...what do you want. I can't complain...does the job well.Published 7 days ago by Casey
Excellent fish sauce. I heard it is the best and I am very impressed with the unami flavor that this sauce imparts. Will re-order again.Published 9 days ago by Jovai
Quite anchovy-tasting- strong flavor if it's what you're looking for- I just wanted some aip protocol flavor options....Published 10 days ago by SK
This is the best nuoc mam in the world. However, the seal is not the best and was delivered with the contents seeping out.Published 12 days ago by Willard Phelps
Great value for the price. A little too salty. I just use less.Published 20 days ago by Stephanie Edwards
This is my special fish sauce! I keep lesser quality brands for my visitors and use this for my wife and I. Kind of like putting a cheap whiskey in an empty Wild Turkey Bottle!Published 21 days ago by R. Winans