FISH SAUCE IS GOOD FOR YOU.

"You use a fish sauce (nuoc mam) vinaigrette, right?" I ask.
"No, this is more Birdseye chili, shallot and garlic," he replies.
"I thought you said fish sauce vinaigrette?"
 
"Yeah, fish sauce but not nuoc mam..."
Okay. Stop. Pause and rewind. He said it's fish sauce but not nuoc mam. Really? Since when is that?
"Nuoc mam IS fish sauce, silly!" I told him.
"Yeah, but there's no red chili paste, carrot strips, lime juice," he replied. "When you call it nuoc mam people think of spring roll sauce." Hmmm. Okay.
 
So here's the thing: the words "nuoc mam" literally translate to mean "fish sauce." But since I could see his point of view, as a social experiment, I put this simple question up for debate on my Facebook page.
 
The first Vietnamese person who responded to me, my friend Angelica, said, "Fish sauce is the brown sauce in the bottle, nuoc mam is the sauce that you mix with sugar and lime and chili, at least, that's how my mom explained it to me when I was little."

Finally, one of my Vietnamese friends from college, who lives in Little Saigon, chimed in to call the discussion complete blasphemy (thank you, Thuy!).

Like me, she knew that nuoc mam is, in fact, fish sauce, and explained that when you refer to the dipping sauce version of nuoc mam, you either call it "nuoc mam pha," which means "mixed fish sauce," or "nuoc mam cham," which means "fish sauce for dipping."

Even though we don't use the words "cham" or "pha" to distinguish between the pure-from-the-bottle fish sauce or the mixed-with-lime-chili-sugar-garlic-dipping-sauce version, Vietnamese people always know which version of "nuoc mam" is being used depending the dish.

There you are.  All finally cleared up.  Oh and fIsh sauce is good for you.

Fish Sauce is good
RICHARD MARK DOBSON Fish Sauce is good Catalogue Number: FS-001
Thanh Ha
2012
Catalogue Number: FS-001
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Fish Sauce is good Catalogue Number: FS-002
Nhị Lộc # 1
2012
Catalogue Number: FS-002
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Fish Sauce is good Catalogue Number: FS-003
Nhị Lộc # 2
2012
Catalogue Number: FS-003
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Fish Sauce is good Catalogue Number: FS-004
Hải Đảo
2012
Catalogue Number: FS-004
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Fish Sauce is good Catalogue Number: FS-005
Nằm Ngủ # 1
2012
Catalogue Number: FS-005
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Fish Sauce is good Catalogue Number: FS-005
Nằm Ngủ # 2
2012
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Fish Sauce is good Catalogue Number: FS-007
Hưng Việt
2012
Catalogue Number: FS-007
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Fish Sauce is good Catalogue Number: FS-008
Cũng Định
2012
Catalogue Number: FS-008
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Fish Sauce is good Catalogue Number: FS-009
Đệ Nhất # 1
2012
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Fish Sauce is good Catalogue Number: FS-011
Đệ Nhất # 2
2012
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Fish Sauce is good Catalogue Number: FS-012
Đệ Nhất # 3
2012
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Fish Sauce is good Catalogue Number: FS-013
Đệ Nhất # 4
2012
Catalogue Number: FS-013
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