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#1 Shel_B

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 08:22 AM

I recently purchased a bottle of Lee Kum Kee premium oyster sauce, which has been my go-to choice for quite some time. However, I hadn't purchased it for a couple-three years.  When I used it last night I was somewhat disappointed - it didn't taste the way I remembered it.  Could be the sauce has changed, or, more likely, my palate has changed.  In any case, I'd like to experiment with some different options.

 

What suggestions do the oyster sauce sophisticates have to offer?  Maybe something not as salty, or less filled with additives and coloring?  I've heard that some Thai oyster sauces are an improvement over LKK.  Any suggestions in that regard?


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#2 liuzhou

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 09:03 AM

 

What suggestions do the oyster sauce sophisticates have to offer?  Maybe something not as salty, or less filled with additives and coloring?  I've heard that some Thai oyster sauces are an improvement over LKK.  

 

LKK is the McDonald's of Chinese sauces. Their products are nearly all mass produced in huge factories on the Chinese mainland and sold world wide.

 

I recommend this one.

 

http://www.honestfoo...om/oyster.html



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 09:16 AM

Thank you!



#4 rotuts

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 09:52 AM

I also do not like LKK

 

where I go there are various 'oyster sauce's'

 

look carefully at the first ingredient 

 

it should read  'oyster extract'   not soy bean, sugar etc

 

that's the best I can do.  might need to take a microscope a small magnifying glass to read some of the fine print, though.



#5 Shel_B

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 09:56 AM

look carefully at the first ingredient 

 

it should read  'oyster extract'   not soy bean, sugar etc

 

that's the best I can do.  might need to take a microscope a small magnifying glass to read some of the fine print, though.

 

Carrying a small magnifier seems like a good idea.  Lately, it seems that I've been reading, or trying to read, lots of fine print.  I can read the ingredient list on the LKK easily ...


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 11:13 AM

Try Dragonfly brand oyster sauce. Made in Thailand, no MSG, very good flavor. The last time I bought a bottle, it was at Berkeley Bowl. It can be purchased online as well.


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 01:13 PM

I'm fond of this one: http://importfood.com/sama3001.html

 

30% oyster extract, according to their website 


Edited by Hassouni, 17 August 2014 - 01:15 PM.


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 01:34 PM

Ive also had that brand, indeed Im looking at a bottle now.  

 

Ill have to get another for the 'bull pen'

 

an odd note here:

 

the actually label itself says 'oyster extract, ..., ... '

 

but there is a superimposed label in black and white over that that says ' soya bean paste, sugar, ....'

 

cant say why.

 

but its very good.



#9 loki

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 04:26 PM

The founder of Lee Kum Kee invented oyster sauce - at least that's the line they give. http://en.wikipedia....ki/Oyster_sauce



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 08:51 PM

 

LKK is the McDonald's of Chinese sauces. Their products are nearly all mass produced in huge factories on the Chinese mainland and sold world wide.

 

I recommend this one.

 

http://www.honestfoods.com/oyster.html

 

 

Oyster extract is listed as the very last ingredient in their ingredient list. Sounds to me that this brand is more befitting of the McDonald's comparison


Edited by takadi, 17 August 2014 - 09:13 PM.


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 08:54 PM

Amoy has/had an oyster sauce with dried scallops in it that was just divine, It had a very intense "bivalve" flavor that was just amazing. Unfortunately I haven't seen it sold in my local asian groceries in a very long time. I tried looking it up online and it is nowhere to be found... I suspect Amoy has discontinued it. Oh well


Edited by takadi, 17 August 2014 - 09:41 PM.


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 11:21 PM

 

Oyster extract is listed as the very last ingredient in their ingredient list. Sounds to me that this brand is more befitting of the McDonald's comparison

 

 

Really?

 

Here's the relevant label on the bottle of LKK oyster sauce I'm currently using.

 

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#13 takadi

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 01:15 AM

I was referring to the product from the honestfoods site



#14 huiray

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 02:06 AM

I was referring to the product from the honestfoods site

 

Ah, OK.  I misunderstood you then.  Yes, that one from Honest Foods does indeed have oyster extract as the last item in the list of ingredients.



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 02:32 AM

 

Oyster extract is listed as the very last ingredient in their ingredient list. Sounds to me that this brand is more befitting of the McDonald's comparison

 

 

Perhaps they are being more honest than most. Many brands list oyster extract first but then concede that it is in fact oyster with water and salt. Listing the actual percentage of oyster is extremely rare. 

 

All I can say is that I tried it (in London) and found it to be very pleasant.

 

Here in China I use a brand which lists water as its first ingredient. Given that LKK lists water twice, salt twice, and sugar twice, probably not that unusual.

 

I wil confess, however, that I am no connoisseur oyster sauce - I seldom use the stuff.

 

an odd note here:

 

the actually label itself says 'oyster extract, ..., ... '

 

but there is a superimposed label in black and white over that that says ' soya bean paste, sugar, ....'

 

cant say why.

 

 

 

That is very common here. Different labelling laws in different countries mean that imported goods are often relabelled.


Edited by liuzhou, 18 August 2014 - 03:04 AM.


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Posted 19 August 2014 - 05:24 PM

I'm fond of this one: http://importfood.com/sama3001.html

30% oyster extract, according to their website


I have been using this of late. Found it at a local Filipino store and decided to try it. I usually use LKK but am starting to like the Thai Oyster sauce.

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 11:50 PM

I remember last year when I went to China, my friends introduced me JIA JIA,  in China the brand seems good



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Posted 20 August 2014 - 12:30 AM

David Thompson (Nahm) recommends Megachef brand, which is the one that I use. I notice that it can be purchased in the USA now from Amazon. Link here. As an aside, Andrea Nguyen gave their fish sauce a very good review.


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Posted 24 August 2014 - 10:22 AM

I tried the Thai-produced Maekrua oyster sauce side-by-side with the USA-produced Lee Kum Kee oyster sauce.  I still prefer the LKK sauce, by far.  The Maekrua sauce seemed more salty and sweet than oysterish.  Definitely sweeter.  JMTC.



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 03:19 AM

another brand to consider:
 
Tung Chun


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INGREDIENTS: Water, Sugar, Salt, Oyster Extract, Modified Starch, Flavor Enhancer, Yeast Extract, Food Color, Spices, Preservative.
 
8% oyster extract from this article

Edited by sub, 05 September 2014 - 03:21 AM.


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Posted 30 September 2014 - 04:10 PM

I tried the Thai-produced Maekrua oyster sauce side-by-side with the USA-produced Lee Kum Kee oyster sauce.  I still prefer the LKK sauce, by far.  The Maekrua sauce seemed more salty and sweet than oysterish.  Definitely sweeter.  JMTC.

 

I bought Maekrua a few weeks ago based on this thread and I have to agree with you, it is pretty awful. A very bad syrupy consistency with a sickly sweet taste. There was also a taste of oxidized soy sauce. Explains why it was dirt cheap



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Posted 01 October 2014 - 01:21 AM

David Thompson (Nahm) recommends Megachef brand, which is the one that I use. I notice that it can be purchased in the USA now from Amazon. Link here. As an aside, Andrea Nguyen gave their fish sauce a very good review.

 

the ingredients:

 

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Posted 04 October 2014 - 12:06 AM

Just picked up some Megachef oyster sauce and fish sauce at the store. Haven't opened the bottles but hope they're good. The oyster sauce was quite cheap ($3.99 for 600ml, ~20oz). The LKK premium was over $7 for a smaller bottle. Can't believe how much Amazon is charging for Megachef.