Three Crabs Fish Sauce, 24 oz bottle
Three Crabs brand fish sauce has achieved a kind of cult status in the American market, being mentioned in various culinary circles as "the" premium brand. This is reflected in the market price which is relatively high. There are also a myriad of copycat brands that have a similar name and label, such as Three Shells, Three Fish, etc. What you see here is the real thing.
In the September issue of Bon Appetit, Three Crabs was highlighted as a "Chef's Secret Ingredient" and ImportFood.com was mentioned as the recommended supplier. We agree that the taste is certainly excellent, but whether or not the average consumer would notice a difference between 3 Crabs and Tiparos is somewhat unlikely.
Packed in a nice 24 oz glass bottle. Three Crabs is a product of Thailand and processed in Hong Kong. Ingredients: anchovy extract, water, salt, fructose & hydrolyzed wheat protein. Typically fish sauce does not have fructose and hydrolyzed wheat protein, and we believe those ingredients give the sauce a subtle sweet flavor. The fish sauce smell is somewhat muted compared to other brands.
Here are some popular Thai recipes using fish sauce
Pad Thai is often called the signature dish of Thai cuisine. There are several regional variations, indeed it has been said that Thailand has not only a different curry for every day of the year, but also a different pad Thai for every cook in Thailand! This is our variation, and please see our street vendor photos & videos (below left) for others.
Spicy Thai Fish Cakes, 'Tod Man Pla'
Tod man pla is one of the most famous Thai dishes but seems to be rarely offered on the menus of Thai restaurants in the United States. We're happy to show you how to make it, step-by-step, with great results. Get a good fresh piece of fish to ensure success. Also see our Thai Street Vendor video below left, for detailed guidance.
Chicken Satay, 'Satay Gai'
Satay of course is originally an Indonesian/Malay dish, but it has been in Southern Thailand for a very long time.
Here we demonstrate two versions, Version 1 is our favorite and one you can make in your kitchen without a charcoal grill. The chicken in both versions is prepared as you'd find in Thailand -- using thin strips, instead of thick cuts that restaurants outside of Thailand often serve for satay.
Thai Spicy Ground Chicken and Toasted Rice, 'Larb Gai'
This is one of our all-time favorite Thai dishes, and it is a very common dish served throughout Thailand as well as Laos. It's quick to make and often extremely spicy, but the lime juice and mint leaves make for an exotic and splendid combination.
It can be found on Thai restaurant menus in America as "chicken salad Thai style", which might be the best description for this dish.
Larb is pronounced "lawb" and that means salad. It can be made with beef (lawb nuea) or pork (lawb muu) instead of chicken.
Here are some other fish sauces available at ImportFood.com