Sounds strange! Oyster used to make a sauce? Must taste gross but Chef Woo Can wants you to know that before judging an ingredient, try it you might just like it!
You know that in America, Ketchup is used on everything, well Oyster sauce is the ketchup of Asia and Southeast Asia. It's one of the basic ingredients in most any dishes.
Oyster sauce as a matter of fact was a mistake by the originator "Lee Kum Kee." Mr Lee accidentally mixed a couple of ingredients expecting a certain flavor and wa la, Oyster sauce was invented. yes, the sauce is made of oyster extract but mixed with a couple of other ingredients is a silky, smooth sauce, pleasurable to the palate. It's now world renowned!.
Most all dishes that you've had at a Chinese or Asian restaurant has oyster sauce in it. Either sugar or garlic is added to provide a different dimension of flavor. The flavors of the meat and veggies give it a unique taste also.
Beware, food manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon to cater to interest with oyster sauce. many use coloring and lots of salt and sugar to pass it off as oyster sauce. But the brand Le Kum Kee is the original and if you can't find this brand, just make sure there is oyster extract. The Asian grocery stores carry original oyster sauces with different brands.
You'll love the taste once you try it. Remember if Chef Woo Can, You Can Too!
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com