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Does anyone know what could serve as a credible vegetarian alternative to
Fish Sauce, and if so, where I might order it online? I make pretty good Pad
Thai using Fish Sauce, but only my guest get to enjoy it.
Thanks.


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minosagape wrote:
Does anyone know what could serve as a credible vegetarian alternative to
Fish Sauce, and if so, where I might order it online? I make pretty good
Pad Thai using Fish Sauce, but only my guest get to enjoy it.
Thanks.


As far as I know, there is no substitute for Fish Sauce (Nam Pla) in Thai
cooking.

You might experiment with whisking together soy sauce and a thin vegetable
oil, although I've never tried this. Keep us informed.

BTW What do you use instead of shrimp or meat in your Pad Thai?

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While it may not fit the strict definition of vegetarian as it is
derived form extract of animal feet, no animals were harmed in
the process.



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minosagape wrote:
Does anyone know what could serve as a credible vegetarian alternative to
Fish Sauce, and if so, where I might order it online? I make pretty good
Pad Thai using Fish Sauce, but only my guest get to enjoy it.
Thanks.


As far as I know, there is no substitute for Fish Sauce (Nam Pla) in Thai
cooking.

You might experiment with whisking together soy sauce and a thin vegetable
oil, although I've never tried this. Keep us informed.

BTW What do you use instead of shrimp or meat in your Pad Thai?


When making Pad Thai (still w/egg), I often just omit the meat or shrimp.
Occasionally I'll use cubed sauteed tofu, from which I've first pressed out
most of the water (whole square of tufu between folded sheets of paper towel
and then placed under a heavy book).

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On Sat, 06 May 2006 11:22:11 -0400, minosagape wrote:

Does anyone know what could serve as a credible vegetarian alternative to
Fish Sauce, and if so, where I might order it online? I make pretty good Pad
Thai using Fish Sauce, but only my guest get to enjoy it.
Thanks.


Wear the same pair of socks for 3 weeks, making sure you go out
in the rain a few times. After 3 weeks, remove and simmer the
socks in a quart of water for 20 minutes with the lid on. Remove
socks, wring them out in the pan, and bottle the resulting liquid
for use as a table sauce. This is the first pressing.

Then put the still-damp socks in a zip-lock bag and store in a
warm place for another 2 weeks. Repeat the simmering process
once more. This is known as the second pressing and the
resulting liquid is used only for cooking rather than a finishing
sauce.

While it may not fit the strict definition of vegetarian as it is
derived form extract of animal feet, no animals were harmed in
the process.

-sw


Should smell about the same as fish sauce.



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minosagape wrote on Fri, 12 May 2006 16:14:55 -0400:

?? minosagape wrote:
?? Does anyone know what could serve as a credible
?? vegetarian alternative to Fish Sauce, and if so, where I
?? might order it online? I make pretty good Pad Thai using
?? Fish Sauce, but only my guest get to enjoy it. Thanks.
??
?? As far as I know, there is no substitute for Fish Sauce
?? (Nam Pla) in Thai cooking.
??
?? You might experiment with whisking together soy sauce and
?? a thin vegetable oil, although I've never tried this. Keep
?? us informed.
??
?? BTW What do you use instead of shrimp or meat in your Pad
?? Thai?

m When making Pad Thai (still w/egg), I often just omit the
m meat or shrimp. Occasionally I'll use cubed sauteed tofu,
m from which I've first pressed out most of the water (whole
m square of tufu between folded sheets of paper towel and then
m placed under a heavy book).

It's quite a traditional Japanese thing (in winter of course
years ago) to do but freezing tofu for a few days and then
allowing to thaw removes the water and gives a firm texture. (Is
it sometimes called Buddhist duck?) Tofu prepared this way can
be bought but I've not seen it outside Japanese stores.

James Silverton.

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minosagape wrote:
Does anyone know what could serve as a credible vegetarian alternative to
Fish Sauce, and if so, where I might order it online? I make pretty good
Pad Thai using Fish Sauce, but only my guest get to enjoy it.
Thanks.


As far as I know, there is no substitute for Fish Sauce (Nam Pla) in Thai
cooking.


You might experiment with whisking together soy sauce and a thin vegetable
oil, although I've never tried this. Keep us informed.


Fish sauce basically has three properties: saltiness, umami (glutamate)
and fishiness.

Soy sauce, miso, and "liquid aminos" all have the first two. Seaweed
has fishiness (and some kinds, like wakame, are full of umami too).

So, you can substitute those, *or* you can make your own fake fish
sauce, by boiling seaweed and then making a sort of stock (with garlic,
black peppercorns, and soy sauce or miso) then reducing it until it
tastes horrible.

Horrible like fish sauce tastes, on its own. It's fine for
cooking, though.

I've also steeped seaweed, garlic and chopped hot peppers in a
rice wine vinegar/lime juice mix, which makes a good nam prik
(particularly if you add some MSG to it).



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Does anyone know what could serve as a credible vegetarian alternative to
Fish Sauce, and if so, where I might order it online?

http://www.thaigrocer.com/VegAdapt.html
http://www.recipecottage.com/vegetarian/fish-sauce.html
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Abe wrote:
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http://www.thaigrocer.com/VegAdapt.html
http://www.recipecottage.com/vegetarian/fish-sauce.html


Thanks, Abe. Two great resources. While I'm not a vegetarian, every now and
then this question comes up. Nice to be able to offer references.

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Does anyone know what could serve as a credible vegetarian alternative to
Fish Sauce, and if so, where I might order it online?

http://www.thaigrocer.com/VegAdapt.html
http://www.recipecottage.com/vegetarian/fish-sauce.html


Thanks for the responses. Now I can make Pad Thai and eat it along with my
guests. Or maybe I'll make an entire recipe all for myself.



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I like the idea of sea weed. But to provide the fermented taste of
fish sauce I suggest adding a little fermented black bean paste or
maybe some aged tofu. That with seaweed should do the trick.

minosagape wrote:
Does anyone know what could serve as a credible vegetarian alternative to
Fish Sauce, and if so, where I might order it online?

http://www.thaigrocer.com/VegAdapt.html
http://www.recipecottage.com/vegetarian/fish-sauce.html


Thanks for the responses. Now I can make Pad Thai and eat it along with my
guests. Or maybe I'll make an entire recipe all for myself.


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Thanks for the suggestion. I have fermented black beans but not the paste.
Do you think that might be a workable substitute?

VC
vermont

I like the idea of sea weed. But to provide the fermented taste of
fish sauce I suggest adding a little fermented black bean paste or
maybe some aged tofu. That with seaweed should do the trick.

minosagape wrote:
Does anyone know what could serve as a credible vegetarian alternative to
Fish Sauce, and if so, where I might order it online?
http://www.thaigrocer.com/VegAdapt.html
http://www.recipecottage.com/vegetarian/fish-sauce.html


Thanks for the responses. Now I can make Pad Thai and eat it along with my
guests. Or maybe I'll make an entire recipe all for myself.



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Does anyone know what could serve as a credible vegetarian alternative to
Fish Sauce, and if so, where I might order it online?

http://www.thaigrocer.com/VegAdapt.html
http://www.recipecottage.com/vegetarian/fish-sauce.html


Thanks for the responses. Now I can make Pad Thai and eat it along with my
guests. Or maybe I'll make an entire recipe all for myself.



I know that you were asking for online sources, presumably because you
don't have ready access to an asian grocer. If you ever find your way
near one, ask the owner for the vegetarian nam pla (Thai) or nuoc mam
(Vietnamese). Tell them that you are Buddhist, or if you know some
Buddhists, ask them what they use. I know from experience from the local
Buddhist temple that something suitable for vegetarians is labelled
"Chay" in Vietnamese, as in Nuoc Mam Chay, and often has a star or symbol
beside the "Chay" to highlight it. The ones I have actually used are
actually the dipping sauce itself, Nuoc Cham, as opposed to the Nuoc Mam
(fish sauce) it is made from.

Dennis
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Does anyone know what could serve as a credible vegetarian alternative to
Fish Sauce, and if so, where I might order it online? I make pretty good Pad
Thai using Fish Sauce, but only my guest get to enjoy it.
Thanks.


I just learned that Green Mountain Asian Market (greenmountainasian.com)
sells Vegetarian Fish Sauce for $2.89 (22 oz). It's called nuoc mam an chay.
The link to the fish suace on their website:
https://www.greenmountainasian.com/s...php?products_i
d=305
You can also call Tracey at 802-738-9288 and place a phone order. She's
terrific, full of information and always interested in feedback as well as
knowing what her customers would like her to carry.
Happy Thai cooking.

VC
Vermont

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Does anyone know what could serve as a credible vegetarian alternative to
Fish Sauce, and if so, where I might order it online? I make pretty good Pad
Thai using Fish Sauce, but only my guest get to enjoy it.
Thanks.


I just learned that Green Mountain Asian Market (greenmountainasian.com)
sells Vegetarian Fish Sauce for $2.89 (22 oz). It's called nuoc mam an chay.
The link to the fish suace on their website:
https://www.greenmountainasian.com/s...php?products_i
d=305
You can also call Tracey at 802-738-9288 and place a phone order. She's
terrific, full of information and always interested in feedback as well as
knowing what her customers would like her to carry.
Happy Thai cooking.

VC
Vermont


Since there is a large population of Buddhists in Vietnam, there are
also many vegetarians. "An Chay" (usually in red with a big "check
mark" on a Vietnamese product is an indication that it is suitable for
vegetarians, and specifically Buddhists. My bosses at work are involved
with a Vietnamese Buddhist temple a few blocks from our store. They help
pick up the groceries for the weekly communal meal at the temple, and no
meat products at all can be allowed in the door. I get to see and sample
a lot of Vegan friendly Vietnamese foods this way.

Dennis


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