Garum and its by-products. A food historian believes the distinctive fish sauce from Roman Italy may have reached Southeast Asia via the Silk Road.

Did fish sauce in Vietnam come from Ancient Rome via the Silk Road? The similarities between nuoc mam and Roman garum

  • There are striking similarities between ancient Roman condiment garum and Asian fish sauces such as Vietnam’s nuoc mam, nam pla in Thailand and Japan’s gyosho
  • Food historians are divided on the origins of Southeast Asian fish sauces, with some arguing they took their cue from soy sauce making in ancient China
Topic |   Food and Drinks
Garum and its by-products. A food historian believes the distinctive fish sauce from Roman Italy may have reached Southeast Asia via the Silk Road.
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