Red Boat is the Best Fish Sauce! It is an all-natural, first press, “extra virgin,” Vietnamese fish sauce. It does not contain added water, preservatives, or MSG. It is made from a 200-year-old, chemical free, artisanal process. Red Boat uses only the freshest cá com (black anchovy) sourced exclusively from the crystal clear waters off the Phú Quốc Island archipelago. Salted minutes after leaving the sea, the anchovies are slow aged for more than a year in traditional wooden barrels to achieve exceptional flavor.
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.
“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.
What makes Red Boat Fish Sauce the best available?
Three exceptional standard of quality:
1. The freshest fish makes the best fish sauce.
2. Artisanal not processed.
3. It takes two.
My strong commitment to these values has enabled me to make, create a traditional nước mắm 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 nước mắm nhi fish sauce. Please join our family and taste the delicious difference.” –Cuong Pham (Owner of Red Boat Fish Sauce)