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Red Boat - 40N Fish Sauce, all natural and pure 250ml

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What is this?

Quite simply, this is a reliable and top quality Fish Sauce from Vietnam. 100% pure, no additives, no nasties. Only two ingredients: fresh anchovy fish and salt. That's it.

Vietnamese AnchovyIn Vietnamese, nước mắm means literally “salted fish water.” Red Boat "nước mắm 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.

 It is 'Paleo Whole30' and 'Feingold Fundation' approved.


What is to special about it?

This brand is a top brand renowned for its purity and quality. No non-sense and little nasties thrown in to make it cheaper. Technically it is a degree 40N fish sauce, making it a premium fish sauce with a lot of protein. Anything under 30N is not a quality fish sauce.

Exceptional standards of quality are being used to produce this traditional nước mắm nhi: 

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 nước mắm 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.

“I should point out that not all fish sauces are created equal. Lower priced brands add extra flavourings like sugar and spices to try to cover up a more pronounced fish aroma. The best brands, like Red Boat, contain only anchovies and salt, and have a more savoury and nutty profile. Seek them out.”
Source: “Fish sauce: The secret ingredient that will transform the way you cook” – Chicago Tribune – 6 January 2016

“Red Boat Fish Sauce: Made using only fresh anchovies and salt, this pleasantly balanced, slow-fermented fish sauce brings out great caramelization in roasted meat..
Source: “Stop Using Plain Old Salt to Season Your Food” – Bon Appetit – 25 March 2016

“The next day I decide to get a literal taste of what may still be— or now—Phu Quoc’s main industry. There are numerous fish-sauce factories on the island, but few have the pedigree of Red Boat, which is the culmination of a dream for Vietnamese-American émigré Cuong Pham. Troubled by the way Thai manufacturers had taken over the industry with mass-produced, additive-laden sauces, he came to Phu Quoc determined to resurrect the kind of fish sauce he remembered an uncle producing here in his childhood. “It was good enough to bring tears to my mother’s eyes,” he tells me.
Source: “An Island In Full” – DestinAsian.com – June / July 2017

  • fresh anchovy fish
  • salt
  • no nasties, nothing else


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 nước mắm 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 nước mắm nhi I found in Asian markets tasted flat or harsh. Nothing seemed to have the sweet rich flavor of the nước mắm 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 nước mắm nhi and in 2006, I expanded a small family owned factory on Phu Quoc. The result is Red Boat Fish Sauce.

Cuong Pham 
Red Boat Fish Sauce


Vietnamese Anchovy

In Vietnamese, nước mắm means literally “salted fish water.” Red Boat "nước mắm 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 cá 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.

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