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Fish Sauce...

Fish Sauce is one of my favorite sauces to add when trying to impart complex flavors to a dish quickly.  It is an indispensable part of many Southeast Asian cuisines such as Vietnam and Thailand.  I have found that in addition to using it in dishes that traditionally employ fish sauce such as Vietnamese Beef Stew, Pad Thai and Vietnamese Noodle Salad, it also imparts a wonderful flavor when adding to dishes that do not usually call for it.... such as Spicy Pong Teh, Mee Goreng, Spicy Fried Bee Hoon.  In my early years in Malaysia, it wasn't a sauce that my family readily had in the kitchen, but when I discovered it after moving to North America, I started adding it to many of my meals - usually less than a tablespoon added to a pot that feeds a family of five.   Considering that the ancient Romans had something like fish sauce added to their meals, I have also tried adding it to my non-Asian meals such as Calamari Pasta Arrabbiata, Homemade Pasta Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes, and Trini Style Pepper Shrimp.  I will continue experimenting with Fish Sauce, and I hope you will too....