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Thai Grocery Question (Tuna)

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Thai Grocery Question (Tuna)

G Wiv | Jan 12, 2004 09:36 PM

Had lunch at Dong Thanh today, Bun Bo Hue, mildly spicy broth, tender pork hock, chewy white noodles, not unlike udon, thin slices of beef, fragrant herbs, lime and three or four small blocks of pig blood jelly. Perfect, as always, on a cold windy day, thanks again to Titus Wong for posting about Dong Thanh and the Bun Bo Hue.

Actually, lunch is not the reason for my post, after lunch I walked over to Thai Grocery to pick up dinner from the prepared items in the back of the store. Spicy green chicken curry, pork soup with fresh thinly sliced bamboo shoot and small pieces of long simmered pork rib, mildly spicy, but rich and flavorful, eggplant with ground pork and baby green beans with diced bamboo shoot and tuna.

Tuna? I asked the nice lady behind the counter to please repeat and it was quite clear she was saying tuna, though tuna does not seem to be an ingredient common to Thai cookery, at least in my limited experience. While eating the dish, which was very good, I detected no tuna and/or tuna flavor, though there was a light fermented quality to the sauce.

I looked up tuna in David Thompson's Thai Food and found Tua Nao, fermented soy beans, could this possibly be both what she was referring to and the light fermented flavor I tasted. Input appreciated. By the way, my past experience with fermented soy beans has been Japanese natto, this (tua nao) is/was nothing like natto, that is a flavor/taste/consistency one never forgets. (smile)

Enjoy,
Gary

Dong Thanh
4925 b. N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
773-275-4928

Thai Grocery Inc
5014 N Broadway St,
Chicago, IL 60640
773- 561-5345

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