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From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 17:14
Sally Caves wrote:
> Nuoc mam, or Thai nam pla, is made from fermented fishies, with >tons >of salt. Of course, fermentation is a form of decomposition too, I > >suppose. It does smell vile, and a little bit goes a very long way; it's >good. Aside from a bat cave, the worst smell I ever experienced was when I > >wandered around Saigon and came upon the riverside area where they >collect, >recycle (and presumably clean ) the nuoc mam jars. Oy!
Ever heard of a Swedish dish that's usually called fermented herring in English? (The Swedish term is "surströmming", lit "sour herring".) I have never actually eaten the stuff, but the smell is intolerable 20m away. Some years ago, one of my classmates put an opened jar of it in a ventilation duct at school. He got fined the equavilent of a few dozen dollars, and was expelled from the school for the rest of that semester (which only was some week, but still). And of course, a few hundred people were very angry with him ... Andreas _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at


Sally Caves <scaves@...>