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Best brand of fish, oyster, and hoison sauce?

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What are the best brands of fish, oyster, and hoison sauces? Are there any that are Paleo friendly?

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Since it contains a lot of salt and its fermented, I suppose it'd have the same shelf-life as something like soy sauce or tamari; you could keep it for years.

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Awesome. How long does this fish sauce last once opened?

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B9637ddb9a9a5c6a7306e3c804fcd21d

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Red Boat fish sauce is probably one of the best (http://www.amazon.com/Red-Boat-Fish-Sauce-40%C2%B0N/dp/B004M050W2) -its traditionally fermented in wood barrels, minimally processed (first press and ???extra virgin???) and it???s only made from two ingredients (fresh caught wild black anchovies and sea salt). NomNomPaleo swears by it.

That's easiest to order if you live in the US; if, like me, you're in the UK, (http://www.amazon.co.uk/German-Phu-Quoc-Thanh-Sauce/dp/B004SN6QF8/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330684887&sr=8-1-spell) this one seems to be a good brand, also no added ingredients besides anchovy and salt.

You can also get an italian variety called 'Colatura di Alici' which I've tried (you can get it here (http://www.natoora.co.uk/shop/fishmonger/fish-in-tins-jars-and-fish-soups/colatura-di-alici-by-delfino-battista/prod13364.html; if you're in UK this site is also great for grassfed meat, and they sell marrow bones!) its not asian but its essentially the same thing - salted fermented anchovies.

Oyster & Hoisin sauces are sweet, and contain sugar, or, in the case of sugar-free versions, artificial sweeteners. All versions I've seen, even 'traditional' and 'natural' ones, use either wheat flour or corn starch, as well as sugar.

If you want a sweet fermented seafood sauce (like oyster sauce) I'd suggest buying fermented shrimp paste (this one has no additives: http://www.amazon.com/Lee-Kum-Fine-Shrimp-Sauce/dp/B0000CNU5Q/ref=sr_1_7?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1330686215&sr=1-7) and adding wheat-free tamari/coconut aminos for umami flavour, and some raw honey (which has been shown to not have the same negative effects on metabolism as artificially-extracted syrups) for sweetness. You could even use stevia if you don't want to use honey, or cannot find a good raw brand.

Hoisin sauce is quite easy to make yourself since it doesn't involve complicated seafood fermentation procedures: just blend the following in a food processor until smooth:

4 Tbsp Wheat-Free Tamari sauce,

coconut aminos or wheat-free fermented miso (Hatcho miso)

2 tablespoons roasted almond butter (or toss in a handful or two of roasted almonds)

1 tablespoon honey or other sweetener of choice (traditionally Hoisin was made with sweet potato. So you could forgo the sweetener altogether and add some sweet potato puree)

2 teaspoons vinegar (brown rice vinegar is traditional; apple cider can be used)

1/2 tsp garlic powder, or a tsp or more fresh minced garlic

2 teaspoons toasted Sesame oil

a few drops hot sauce like tabasco (optional)

pinch of black pepper

...

Hope I helped!

Happy cooking :-)

Milla

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on March 02, 2012
at 03:16 PM

Awesome. How long does this fish sauce last once opened?

B9637ddb9a9a5c6a7306e3c804fcd21d

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on March 02, 2012
at 03:59 PM

Since it contains a lot of salt and its fermented, I suppose it'd have the same shelf-life as something like soy sauce or tamari; you could keep it for years.

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on March 02, 2012
at 09:25 AM

Good fish sauces are fermented atleast a year. I doubt theres much sugar left.

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on March 02, 2012
at 08:19 AM

Hoison sauce probably not. Hoison sauce is mostly sugar which is why it tastes so good. Fish and oysters sauces you can usually fine in the oriental section, you just have to be careful to read the ingredients to make sure there is not added sugar . Surprisingly its not always the "top brands" that are the best for you. It all comes down to reading labels.

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