Make Savory, Tasty “Fish Sauce” Without the Fish

When I dine at Vietnamese and Thai restaurants and request that they leave out the fish sauce, ubiquitous in South Asian cuisine, the dishes sometimes taste as if they are lacking something. That “something” is fish sauce, South Asia’s “secret ingredient” that adds oomph to dishes, injecting that special flavor that you can’t quite put your finger on.

Here is my vegan version that can be universally added to Asian-style dishes, lending them that extra “something.” And the secret ingredients in my fish sauce? Wakame, a seaweed, and the liquid from those jars of fermented tofu, a somewhat stinky Chinese condiment made by pre-serving tofu in wine, vinegar, and other ingredients for months (don’t be put off by the description!). Give it a try and then use it in everything from green papaya salad to Thai-style curries.

Source: Vegan Fish Sauce

I think chemically the trick of fish sauce and anchovies and all that is the combo of glutamate (umami) + nucleotides like GMP and IMP (umami boosters).  Glutamate is decaying protein – Nucleotides are decaying RNA/DNA or thereabouts.  Yes, we love the taste of rotting things. And the best part is that we can get it from all sorts of places.  The “fishy” taste there is provided by the seaweed.

The Most Terrifying Fish Dishes Ever Served

We all love seafood — but the ocean can be a terrifying place. The ocean depths are home to some deadly and poisonous creatures… so of course, people always try to eat them. Here are the scariest fish dishes you could possibly eat.

Source: The Most Terrifying Fish Dishes Ever Served

The article is incorrect – they’re not beheading the squid.  They’re cutting its abdomen off.  The brain of a squid is wrapped around its esophagus (between its eyes) – it’s very much is alive and very much with brain when they start to pour soy sauce on it.

The fact that a cephalopod brain is wrapped around its esophagus is what renders those fantasies of future cephalopod overlords so silly, because a bigger brain would mean they’d starve to death.