Fish Sauce, the amber-colored umami Uzzi of Southeast Asian cuisine. (source)

I assume it is a proper name. Google appears to suggest Uzzi is a biblical name, but nothing beyond it. What does it refer to here?


The simile, intended to be instantly comprehended, would, perhaps, have been more effective if the writer had spelled 'Uzi' correctly. It is the name of a small machine-gun developed in Israel. Notably powerful and capable of devastating results. It fires bullets so rapidly that a burst can cut a man in two. Strong, disruptive, effective, devastating if correctly handled, dangerous if not, etc. An Uzi is small but effective, and a small amount of SE Asian fish sauce can powerfully influence the flavour of a dish.

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