A few months ago, I was making some Asian recipe that called for fish sauce. The recipe also said that you can find fish sauce at major grocery store. Ok, so let's give that a try.
I head over to Jewel-Osco across the street from my apartment. I check the "ethnic food" aisle (which has everything from hard taco shells (ethnic??), rice, rice noodles and coconut milk. I couldn't find it. I head over to the condiment section, again, no luck. I wander around aisle by aisle and found nothing.
I find a young gentlemen who works at Jewel and I ask him if they carry fish sauce. He says of course, it's on aisle 4 (or whatever). I clarify, explaining what fish sauce is and how I intend to use it. He again says "yeah, we've got it!".
I obediently follow him over to the condiment aisle. I am a bit surprised that I missed it moments earlier. This young man then grabs a bottle, hands it to me and says "See, fish sauce". What did I have in my hand?
Good god! I explain to the young man, who is doing his best to be helpful, that this isn't fish sauce, it is tartar sauce. His response "Well, that's what I put on my fish..."
I went to a different grocery store.
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