Thai Fish Sauce--Versatile Ingredient for Western Style Cooking Thai Fish Sauce Bears More Than a Casual Resemblance to the Ancient Roman Fermented Anchovy Fish Sauce Lex Loeb Contributor Network . Fish Sauce from Thailand is a versatile basic ingredient that can be used to add distinctive flavor to many western dishes. The stuff tastes nasty if you want to eat it alone. It is usually an amber colored clear liquid and can take some getting used to. The trick is not to use very much of it in a recipe until you have developed a taste for it. The first place to try it out is in salad dressing. substitute anchovy paste with Thai fish sauce and you might find it a pleasing substitute. Fish sauce is not new to western cooking. Archaeologists have uncovered proof that the ancient Romans excessively used a fermented fish sauce made of anchovy and that it was a important trade item. Adding a dash of Thai fish sauce to spaghetti sauces or to a pizza sauce works fine. It is actually not as strong as using anchovy directly giving more of a hint than the salty surprise usually encountered with using anchovy fillets directly and it does not contain the olive oil that often changes the taste of the Mediterranean anchovy. Add a bit to soups, casseroles and anywhere you want a bit of fish taste or use it instead of Worcestershire sauce because it is less complicated in taste. It does contain lots of salt which helps preserve it so is not suitable for those on low sodium diets. Thai fish sauce is inexpensive to buy and comes in a number of different brands. There may also be Vietnamese brands available too. Adding fish sauce to your condiment and kitchen spice collection may help improve your home cooking. European anchovy paste will work in a similar way with European recipes.
Best Kept Secret Park in Lake Oswego Great for Bike Riders, Walking and Running with Scenic River Views Lex Loeb Contributor Network . Lake Oswego does not like to advertise some of its best attractions for fear of attracting non-locals. The area has many interesting treasures almost no one from the Portland area bothers to explore. Lake Oswego has long had the cache' of an upper middle class white Anglo Saxon enclave that does not want the company of everyone from the Portland Metro Area coming in. One can't blame the present day city for trying to protect itself against crowds of non local strangers using their public facilities. Anyone who has been to lake Oswego actual lake knows it is a privately owned body of water that does not welcome the public access in anyway. That is not true of the Oswego Furnace Tower in George Rogers Park or Old River Drive that connects to the park's main pathway up along the Willamette river front. Along most of Old River drive the fro