World's Strangest Condiments

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Sam Kaplan

Spice up your next meal with one of these dips, spreads, and sauces popular in countries where ketchup isn’t the condiment king.

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Fish Sauce, Thailand

Known as nam pla in Thailand (and nuoc mam in Vietnam, where it’s also popular), this amber-colored liquid is made from three ingredients: fermented anchovies, salt, and water. The flavorful Southeast Asian staple is used much like salt to season—it’s also a marinade for seafood and meat, and a dipping sauce (when mixed with lime juice).

World's Strangest Condiments

Fish Sauce, Thailand

Known as nam pla in Thailand (and nuoc mam in Vietnam, where it’s also popular), this amber-colored liquid is made from three ingredients: fermented anchovies, salt, and water. The flavorful Southeast Asian staple is used much like salt to season—it’s also a marinade for seafood and meat, and a dipping sauce (when mixed with lime juice).

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