A question about a recipe: Momofuku's Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fish Sauce Vinaigrette

I have a question about the recipe "Momofuku's Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fish Sauce Vinaigrette " from Genius Recipes. Any ideas for a vegetarian alternative to fish sauce? Or is it too central to thie dressing to tamper with? Thanks!

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SeaJambon December 22, 2012
The thread that Kristen referenced has a great link to "fishless fish sauce" from the kitchn. The explanation is also helpful, in that it discusses how fish sauce hits the umami spot and there are only certain flavors that do that. Lime and salt will be tasty but won't hit umami -- as they indicate, fish is high in umami (hence the success of a small bit of fish sauce in a number of dishes) but so are fermented foods and mushrooms. If you want to get that umami hit, I'd suggest using thekitchn's recipe http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-vegan-fish-sauce-130535
 
Nomnomnom December 22, 2012
Thanks SeaJambon!
 
Nomnomnom December 22, 2012
Thanks Kristen and Lynnht! I'm now recalling a Cook's Illustrated recipe I used to make which offered the suggestion of using lime juice & salt as an alternate to the fish sauce. I'm going to do it!
 
Lynnht December 21, 2012
Soy sauce usually works as a decent vegetarian alternative for fish sauce.
 
Kristen M. December 21, 2012
It's pretty central to the flavor, but there were some great alternatives suggested in the comments thread on the original blog post: http://food52.com/blog/4857_momofukus_roasted_brussels_sprouts_with_fish_sauce_vinaigrette#comments
 
Nomnomnom December 21, 2012
Thank you! Will take a look there. Cheers!
 
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