We do not use any fish sauce in any of our dishes. SACRILEGE!!!!!!!!!!!!! A few customers have added their opinion that we are not truly “Thai” since we do not use fish sauce; however, being that we cater to many, many vegetarians we made the conscious decision to switch to using thin soy sauce, even though it is twice the price of fish sauce.
By using soy sauce we are able to please vegetarians, omnivores and carnivores alike without compromising the taste of our food. The Pad Thai Family does not consume any fish sauce. (We don’t secretly douse our own food in the back with fish sauce.) We actually prefer soy sauce, as it is lower in sodium and does not have the intense, rank smell that fish sauce has. (If anyone has ever experienced the displeasure of having a bottle of fish sauce break in their car will concur that the switch over to soy sauce is a good thing — the smell’s is so bad you could carry it around like mace.) Many famous chefs in Thailand have switched over to using soy sauce as well.
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