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Secret of Asian Cooking
Today has never been easier to cook Asian dishes. Asian cooking involves a salty, sweet and spicy sauce.
Whatever you cook, if you have a salty flavor, you need to complement it with a sweet flavor. If your have a spicy flavor, you'll need a sweet flavor.
This flavor combination is the magic formula to a delicious deal.
As for texture, as long as its crunchy, as we love crunchy foods, specifically fried food and with the popularity of an air fryer, the idea of crunchy is now grease and oil free. You may need to spray olive oil for a light coating but nothing compared to deep frying.
Now I will introduce the sauces that you'll need to purchase:
Oyster sauce was invented by accident by Mr. Lee Kum Kee who also has his own brand sauce company by the same name.
He was experimenting on different flavors and used oyster extract mixed with soy sauce and sugar with cornstarch to thicken. He tasted it and was amazed by the unique flavor.
He started marketing it and selling it locally and the reviews were excellent. He expanded this new sauce all over Asia and Southeast Asia. Now, oyster sauce is considered the "Ketchuo Of the Far East" It's considered a multipurpose sauce used in almost every dish in Asia. It's very salty and sweet but overall a mild flavor so, you just need a little bit to cook with. It's a brown color and one of the components of the famous "Brown Sauce"
Now, there are so many brands of oyster sauce but I highly recommend "Lee Kum Kee" brand. What's showing up in the Western market chains is oyster sauce without any oysters in it? The manufacturers are catering to a certain clientele to sell massive quantities of product and they probably feel that 'oyster extract" might be a turnoff to many.
Lee Kum Kee brand caters to Asians for highest quality oyster sauce.
This is one sauce you'll need to purchase. It must be refrigerated so it will last for a very long time without going bad.
Now to the key question, what dishes use this sauce: Beef & chicken w broccoli, pepper steak, kung pao chicken, General Tso's chicken (1 ingredient of a numer of other ingredients), black bean sauce, egg foo young to name a few.
Chef Woo Can
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