Gluten-free, allergy-friendly, and whole foods ingredients are sometimes confusing. Everyone knows what carrots are. But what about arrowroot starch, coconut oil, umeboshi vinegar, or miso? Here is a growing glossary of ingredients that may be slightly off the beaten path.
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Fish sauce is a condiment that is made from fermented fish. It is an essential ingredient in many curries and sauces of Southeast Asia, especially in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Ingredients are usually very simple, generally made of only salt, anchovies, and a small amount of sugar. Fish sauce has a very distinctive fishy smell and flavor, and melds beautiful with a combination of spicy, sweet, and sour flavors.
Thai Kitchen makes an excellent and very high quality fish sauce, but for a less expensive price check out the brands at your local Asian market.