Discover the delightful xian wei (umami) flavour of oyster and abalone sauces which add a burst of umami flavour to your Asian cooking.
What is Oyster Sauce?
Oyster sauce is a rich and savoury seasoning sauce which is widely used in Chinese cooking. It is primarily made from a combination of oyster extracts, soy sauce, sugar, and corn starch. Oyster sauce was invented by Lee Kum Sheung in 1888.
How is Oyster Sauce made?
Oyster sauce is produced by taking extracts of oysters, and adding some sugar, soy sauce and water that has been thickened with corn starch to give it's texture. Oyster sauce is cooked in a process that enhances its flavour, resulting in a complex, rich and savoury taste profile.
What does Oyster Sauce taste like?
Oyster sauce offers a unique combination of flavours. The sauce is famous for its umami taste, which adds additional flavour to many dishes. It has a rich and savoury taste with a slight sweetness and saltiness.
How do I use Oyster Sauce?
Oyster sauce is a versatile condiment that is often described as an all-purpose seasoning sauce. That said, it is most commonly used in stir-fries, marinades, and as a condiment due to the umami flavour it adds to meats, vegetables, and seafood.
We also love using it as a dipping sauce or adding it to noodle dishes for extra flavour it produces. The possibilities are truly endless, go and unleash your culinary creativity.
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