Filipino Household Ingredients: Patis

Thai-branded fish sauce. Beware of its pungency.
Photo by me

Fish sauce, otherwise known in Tagalog as “patis”, is a very common ingredient in my household. Often substituted for salt, fish sauce is extremely salty thanks to its fermentation process, which typically involves fermented fish and seawater. Who knew?

My father, Rey, prefers to use Thai fish sauce. According to him, Thai fish sauce is “not as salty.”

Tomatos and patis. A fresh and salty palette cleanser! Photo by me

Tomatos and patis. A fresh and salty palette cleanser!
Photo by meΒ 

Personally, I like fish sauceΒ drizzled over a bowl of freshly diced tomatoes (kamatis). This side salad acts as a palette cleanser with my dishes. Fresh from the tomatoes, yet pungent from the fish sauce. Nothing beats it.

It’s also quite tasty paired with calamansi.

What do you use fish sauce with?

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