posted on Nov, 3 2018 @ 08:21 PM
The first time you smell it, it stinks! It smells awful, but you don't know what it is. Smells like a hering which was left in your couch on the
front porch for a week. It's really bad.
Then, one time, you'll have this dish at an Asian restaurant where there's this ingredient you just can't put your finger on...and it's not a fish
dish! A dish like let's say Phad Thai. Gee, you wonder, what is that flavor? Well, it's "fish sauce". It's one of those strange Asian foods
which doesn't taste exactly like it smells. (Durian is another). Phad Thai is like the entrance food to Thai cooking, everybody know's it and
that's what they order to be safe. In Asia (and Thailand) very few people have ever even heard of "Phad Thai", ..... or "orange chicken", or
"Chop Suey", "Kung Pao Chicken", or any of those dishes. They're all of western culture descent.
Their dishes are things like "Noodles with roasted coconut milk, chicken, peanut sauce and nuoc mam. In China, they call it "yulu".
If you ever smelled it, you'd never eat it. If you ever ate it, you'd wonder what it was until you found it. Then you'd buy some and smell it and
still turn your nose up to it...UNTIL you added it to one of your own dishes. Then you'd never be able to get enough of this fishy concoction.
The stuff is a secret ingredient is many Asian dishes, and no one knows it. If they did, they probably wouldn't eat many of them (especially SE
Personally, I LOVE the stuff, but then again; I've watched it being made...and it's 50,000 times more stinky then, but the resultant elixir, "fish
sauce", is fantastic in things like green curry and Xao.
For some YMMV.