A traditional fish sauce factory

Attraction Khu phố 3, Dương Đông, Phú Quốc Published on: 05-03-2016

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
10:00 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
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Travelling to Phu Quoc, visitors not only visit the beautiful landscapes, you can also visit the traditional fish sauce factory with top quality over country.

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Why A traditional fish sauce factory is special ?

Phu Quoc is famous for its production of very high quality fish sauce which is exported worldwide and is a major contributor to the islands economy. Fish sauce or nuoc mâm is a dipping sauce which complements most Vietnamese meals to add a saltiness flavour. It is made from combining anchovies, salt, and water and sometimes the pepper grown on the island and fermented through various stages for six months up to a year before being drained from the large barrels into different grades from the top quality lighter coloured sauce to the basic cooking sauce, both of which are high in protein. Phu Quoc produces over an incredible 12 million litres of fish sauce each year and has around 85 factories on the island, so it’s well worth visiting one of the many factories on the island.

The freshest fish makes the best fish sauce.The primary ingredient in Red Boat is select fresh wild-caught anchovy from the crystal clear waters off the Phu Quoc island archipelago. We use only black anchovy (Ca Com) to lend a unique character and superior flavor to our nước mắm nhi.

Artisanal not processed. A centuries-old traditional method of slow fermentation in large tropical wood barrels to achieve the smoothest, richest, and sweetest flavor.

There are three factories open to visitors, with Hung Thinh being the easiest to access. The huge vats of fermenting fish are an oddly interesting sight.

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What to explore at A traditional fish sauce factory?

At first glance, the giant wooden vats may make you think you’ve arrived for a wine tasting, but one sniff of the festering nuoc mam essence jolts you back to reality.

Most of the sauce produced is exported to the mainland for domestic consumption, though an impressive amount finds its way abroad to kitchens in Japan, North America and Europe. There's no admission charge to visit, although you’d be best off taking a guide along unless you speak Vietnamese.

Visiting the Phu Quoc fish sauce, you will witness the scale of the sauce base and a process for forming droplets scrumptious sauce. The giant carts lined up for visitors. Phu Quoc fish sauce through high in protein (36-40), the sweet, fragrant rice fish specialties Stripes only have in Phu Quoc.

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How to get to A traditional fish sauce factory?

Go towards Ham Ninh on the east coast along the 30/4 Street and then turn left on Hung Vuong Street then you will see the building on the left near the river.

Selling points

  • Best quanlity fish sauce in Vietnam
  • Best place to see how fish sauce is made
  • • Must try when visiting Phu Quoc
  • • One of the famous product in Phu Quoc
  • • Worthy to visit
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Tips for you

  • Bring more money to by bottles of fish sauce
    What to bring
  • Carry a small notebook to record the important things.
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  • Best time to visit in the morning when when the factory began operations
  • • Avoid visiting at noon because of high temperature and smell pretty much around
  • There are have some of the organised tours visit these fish sauce factories, however if visiting on your own there’s no admission charge, however you may need a Vietnamese speaking guide
  • • Suitable for only short time
  • Some factories also have a small shop selling different grades of fish sauce. But note that when departing Phu Quoc by air, carrying fish sauce on the airplane is not allowed .
  • • Consider when visiting here if you are allergic to the smell of fish sauce
  • Should ask about how to differentiate truth trademark of Phu Quoc fish sauce
  • You can however purchase some fish sauce at the airport in the departure lounge, and they currently organise delivery for you to Ho Chi Minh if you want.


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As we are staying on the island for a couple of days we also like to explore a little bit, we have booked a day tours, in the island they offer different tours of your choice. Our interest is going on fishing, snorkeling and visiting where fish sauce is made . We had started by fishing, it was really cool very nice experience, after fishing we sail a little further and we can go on snorkeling . In early afternoon we reach to traditional fish sauce factory. I was surprised that the 'factory' was outdoors, open air. ... and was looking forward to seeing the fish sauce factory in Phu Quoc. I also realized in the process how difficult it is to find authentic fish sauce made in Phu Quoc here. Since then, an exciting new fish sauce brand has come onto the market. Next, I was pleased to see that the only ingredients in this fish sauce are anchovies and salt. And finally, it is nice to know that this stuff actually comes from Phu Quoc, as opposed to the brands that loudly proclaim the Phu Quoc name but are actually manufactured elsewhere. I didn’t spend too much time here but I thought it was important to see and know all about process to made fish sauce.

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