Vegan “Fish Sauce” Mushroom, Kombu, and Black Garlic

Preparation info
  • Makes

    2½ cups

    • Difficulty


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By Angela Dimayuga and Ligaya Mishan

Published 2021

  • About

Patis, or fish sauce, is so essential to Filipino cooking that some of us have been known to pack bottles of it on trips abroad and surreptitiously give a splash to foreign dishes. “No matter how strange or different the food, the patis gives it Filipino flavor,” the cultural historian Doreen Gamboa Fernandez wrote.

For vegans, I wanted to offer an alternative that still delivers the same deep funk. Simmering and then steeping kombu, shiitakes, and black garlic in water yields this