Worcestershire sauce sub for Short Rib Ragu?

I am making Minimally Invasive's Short Rib Ragu, and I just realized that I have no Worcestershire sauce. Is there an acceptable substitute? I only need three or four dashes.

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Jean |. February 26, 2011
I've sometimes used a little soy sauce in place of Worcestershire sauce. Not that I ever run out of Worcestershire sauce. I grew up with an English mother--I don't run out of the stuff! But if I'm making something for a vegan or vegetarian that I usually put the WS in, I'll sometimes use soy sauce instead with good results.
 
Minimally I. February 23, 2011
Good answers, all around! Since there wasn't much Worcestershire sauce in the recipe, I'd either leave it out entirely or just increase one of the other umami ingredients slightly. (Sorry I'm so late to the game -- I only just got an email about it!)
 
cookinginvictoria February 22, 2011
Good point! I wasn't thinking about the acidity. There is a half bottle of red wine in the braising liquid, but I will add a few drops of red wine vinegar, too.
 
AntoniaJames February 22, 2011
Do you have any lime juice or vinegar? You need the sharp notes, too. (I cannot remember the ragu recipe, but if it already has a vinegar or other acid in it, you probably are okay just with the fish sauce. Be careful with the salt, though! Tamari, miso and fish sauce are all salty, whereas Worcestershire is not so much. ;o)
 
cookinginvictoria February 22, 2011
Thank you for responding AntoniaJames and testkitchenette! Alas, I don't have any tamarind either, so can't go that route. But I did do a modified version of what testkitchenette suggested. I added a bit of tamari, miso and fish sauce. Decided not to do sardines since there are already anchovies in the dish.
 
testkitchenette February 22, 2011
Maybe even more elusive, but how about a sardine or two, soy sauce/tamari, miso paste, a tiny bit of nam pla (Thai fish sauce)...
 
AntoniaJames February 22, 2011
Red wine or balsamic vinegar + tamarind.
 
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