Red Boat is the fish sauce you have always dreamt of. Deep and rich and clean, it lends an amazing umami blast to anything it touches. Sprinkle it on eggs, veggies, meat dishes, or pretty much anything you want to taste a whole lot better. Red Boat is an all-natural, first press, “extra virgin” Vietnamese fish sauce. It does not contain added water, preservatives or MSG. Made from a two hundred year-old, chemical free, artisanal process, Red Boat uses only the freshest ca com (black anchovy), slow aged for over a year in traditional wooden barrels. In the past, this top grade fish sauce was reserved for Red Boat's family table in Vietnam but they are very excited to share their family secret with you. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
There are other fish sauces out there, but Red Boat is the one you want. I used to stare at the lackluster fish sauce options at the grocery store, wondering about what they actually contained. With Red Boat, I don’t have to wonder. I can just sprinkle away with abandon, knowing that the artisans at Red Boat have done all the hard work for me. Red Boat fish sauce is a true kitchen staple for me. It’s like liquid magic, but without the pesky magician actually appearing in my kitchen.
In Vietnamese, nuoc mam means literally “salted fish water.” Red Boat nuoc mam nhi is the secret ingredient in South East Asian cooking. The savory, sweet, and umami-laden sauce gives dishes a unique, rich and satisfying dimension.
Red Boat is an all-natural, first press, “extra virgin” Vietnamese fish sauce. It does not contain added water, preservatives or MSG. Made from a two hundred year-old, chemical free, artisanal process, Red Boat uses only the freshest ca com (black anchovy), salted minutes after leaving the sea then slow aged for over a year in traditional wooden barrels. Red Boat anchovies are sourced exclusively from the crystal clear waters off the Phu Quoc Island archipelago.
In the past, this top grade fish sauce was reserved for Red Boat's family table in Vietnam but they are very excited to share their family secret with you. With pride they bring you the only authentic Vietnamese Phu Quoc fish sauce available in the United States.
Whether you are a master chef or enthusiastic home cook, we guarantee you the highest quality product and the best results.
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The story of Red Boat Fish Sauce, in their own words
I have strong food-related nostalgia for my childhood in Saigon filled with the scents of tropical foods and herbs that dominated most dishes. But what I miss most is the aromatic rice infused with intensely fragrant nuoc mam nhi (fish sauce) that beckoned us to the family table.
After leaving my homeland and coming to the U.S. I began cooking more frequently to recapture the flavors of my youth but to my disappointment the nuoc mam nhi I found in Asian markets tasted flat or harsh. Nothing seemed to have the sweet rich flavor of the nuoc mam nhi my family enjoyed in Vietnam.
Thus began my odyssey to create authentic and flavorful fish sauce. My uncles had often talked about the source of the best fish sauce we ate in Vietnam, the beautiful tropical Island of Phu Quoc. I set off to develop my own nuoc mam nhi and in 2006, I expanded a small family owned factory on Phu Quoc. The result is Red Boat Fish Sauce.
What makes Red Boat Fish Sauce the best available?
1. The freshest fish makes the best fish sauce.The primary ingredient in Red Boat is select fresh wild-caught anchovy from the crystal clear waters off the Phu Quoc island archipelago. We use only black anchovy (Ca Com) to lend a unique character and superior flavor to our nuoc mam nhi.
2. Artisanal not processed.A centuries-old traditional method of slow fermentation in large tropical wood barrels to achieve the smoothest, richest, and sweetest flavor.
3. It takes two.We bottle only pure first press “extra virgin” fish sauce so with Red Boat, you are getting an amber elixir that is made of just two all natural ingredients: fresh wild caught anchovy and sea salt.
My strong commitment to these values has enabled me to make create a traditional nuoc mam nhi of the highest possible quality and unmatched taste.
Today, I am proud and delighted to share my recipe with my family, friends, and anyone with a desire for traditional all-natural nuoc mam nhi fish sauce. Please join our family and taste the delicious difference.
Cuong Pham, Owner, Red Boat Fish Sauce
Frequently Asked Questions about Red Boat Fish Sauce
What's the shelf life of Red Boat Fish Sauce?
Red Boat products are labeled with a Best By date on the label. This date is 24 months (two years) from the date of manufacture. After opening, we recommend using the contents within a year. For optimum freshness it is best to refrigerate the product after opening. If a bottle is accidentally left out overnight, the product will not be harmed in any way.
What are the ingredients for each product?
The two ingredients in every Red Boat fish sauce are fresh caught wild black anchovies and sea salt.
What is the difference between 40N and 50N?
Degrees N is an industry standard to measure the number of grams of nitrogen per liter of fish sauce which relates to the protein level. The highest quality fish sauces are greater than 30N with the flavor becoming more rich and complex with larger N designation.
Are your products gluten free?
Yes. Our sauces do not contain wheat or wheat by-products and are produced in a gluten free facility.
Do our products contain MSG?
No. Our product also does not contain hydrolyzed wheat or soybean proteins which are hidden sources of free glutamates.
Do our products contain any type or form of peanuts or shellfish?
What are the clear crystals in the bottom of my bottle?
Natural sea salt may occasionally crystallize on the bottom of the bottles of Red Boat sauces. This is a natural process and does not affect the product quality in any way.
Are other fish sauce brands labeled “Phu Quoc” authentic?
Look at the label carefully. If the product does not say “Made in Phu Quoc” or “Product of Vietnam” it is likely not authentic. Many knock-offs are made or processed in Thailand or Hong Kong.
Is Red Boat approved by the Feingold Association?
Yes, it has been accepted on the Feingold program and is free of synthetic colors and flavors, the preservatives BHA, BHT, and TBHQ, as well as synthetic fragrance.