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May 21, 2007

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Oh my gosh, the fish sauce talk is making me woozy in my current state. HOWEVER, I can attest to the fact that it is good in dressings and sauces, I have a noodle bowl thingy it works quite well in.

I'm not a fan of lettuce. Salad is always better without it. It's just so much shredded paper in the way of the treats.

I have mint and basil in the garden, snow peas in the fridge...I'm not sure about the fish sauce~ but I will give it a try.

Ha! I did the reverse and tossed out all the greens except for mint leaves and made a green mango salad with lots of lime and fish sauce. :P

All fish sauces are not the same. I sometimes use old school Squid brand b/c that used to be the only one available. It's a bit saltier than my preferred now Three Crabs brand.

You doubters, fish sauce is GOOD. (As long as you don't smell it.) And so are anchovies. How did they become a trope for "disgusting," anyway?

Heath: Now that I've refreshed my memory on the definition of trope, my guess is that dead fish don't spend too much on PR. But, I'll stick up for you little fishies. As long as you don't end up on the endangered list. Then, we're through.

W.C.: Sounds great! Three Crabs, huh. I'll have to try that. Notice how the fish sauce companies go out of their way to mention any and all sea creatures besides anchovies.

Sandi: You won't be disappointed. I hope.

Susanna: Your shredded paper trope is right on. I couldn't have put it more elegantly, myself.

I love fish sauce. It smells so bad, but tastes so good.

The reason fish sauce (and anchovy paste) makes some dishes taste so good is that is is loaded with "umami", that elusive fifth taste (along with bitter, sweet, salty, and sour), an amino acid actually that makes everything taste more delicious. This sweat pea salad sounds fabulous.

For the love of god, don't use sweat peas.

I actually did avoid using fish sauce for the longest time because I smelled it before using (ugh!). However, now I love using it, especially with lime juice. The picture of the peas looks lovely by the way.

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