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(The Takeout)   Oyster sauce. Learn it, live it, love it   (thetakeout.com) divider line
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2022-08-13 8:39:23 AM  
Jim Royle - Bit of the old brown sauce.
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2022-08-13 11:44:05 AM  
I love oyster sauce, but my SO doesn't. Says it's too salty.
 
2022-08-13 11:48:59 AM  
Think of it as Chinese BBQ sauce.  The saltiness varies with the brand.
 
2022-08-13 11:50:19 AM  

Thosw: I love oyster sauce, but my SO doesn't. Says it's too salty.


We have the same problem. Oyster sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce, miso, dashi, etc. All delicious. All very salty.
 
2022-08-13 11:55:15 AM  

Herbert's Hippopotamus: Thosw: I love oyster sauce, but my SO doesn't. Says it's too salty.

We have the same problem. Oyster sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce, miso, dashi, etc. All delicious. All very salty.


Have you tried using less of it?
 
2022-08-13 12:23:06 PM  
Oyster sauce is what made my fried rice go from good to very good.
 
2022-08-13 12:52:21 PM  
I prefer raw oysters.
 
2022-08-13 12:57:11 PM  

phlegmjay: Herbert's Hippopotamus: Thosw: I love oyster sauce, but my SO doesn't. Says it's too salty.

We have the same problem. Oyster sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce, miso, dashi, etc. All delicious. All very salty.

Have you tried using less of it?


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2022-08-13 1:03:50 PM  
Love me some oyster sauce. Really good mixed with sambal olec, lime juice, and fresh cilantro or Thai basil on eggplant stir-fry.
Kinda like this
https://www.thaicookbook.tv/thai-recipes/one-dish-meals/spicy-stir-fried-eggplant/
 
2022-08-13 1:11:00 PM  
I just made (and, over three days, ate) a batch of char siu bao, so I'm getting a kick...
 
2022-08-13 1:13:03 PM  

Snotnose: Think of it as Chinese BBQ sauce.  The saltiness varies with the brand.


Light soy, dark soy, oyster, hoisin, and shaoxing makes my char siu go 'round. Eat that for a couple of days, then make buns from the rest? Abso-farking-lutely!
 
2022-08-13 1:24:55 PM  
Oyster sauce. Learn it, live it, loveAvoid it.

Fixed for people the have shellfish allergies. Use hoisin sauce instead.
 
2022-08-13 1:26:27 PM  
There's also spicy shrimp paste that gives you a similar briny umami with a kick. They're both like vegemite. First timers slather it on not realizing a little goes a long way then declare it inedible.
 
2022-08-13 1:43:55 PM  

Snotnose: Think of it as Chinese BBQ sauce.  The saltiness varies with the brand.


Hoisin sauce is really Chinese BBQ sauce. Oyster sauce is more neutral.
 
2022-08-13 1:52:52 PM  

kdawg7736: I prefer raw oysters.


I had a dozen of them last night, but two of them oysters didn't work.
 
2022-08-13 2:06:19 PM  
Oyster sauce is great stuff.
 
2022-08-13 2:09:05 PM  

Ragin' Asian: There's also spicy shrimp paste that gives you a similar briny umami with a kick. They're both like vegemite. First timers slather it on not realizing a little goes a long way then declare it inedible.


Or just man up and use generous amounts of belacan as a condiment.

/wife still gives me the stinkeye every time I pull out the old brick o' shrimp for Thai or Malaysian cooking
//don't actually use belacan as a condiment
///don't think even Uncle Roger would do that to himself

Oh, and oyster sauce is awesome.
Haven't used it as much lately though. Been on a big douchi, doubanjiang, and Yibin yacai kick.
 
2022-08-13 2:17:57 PM  
(Even food writers get really tired of cooking. Combine that with my former role as a burnt-out line cook and I'm tired of it most of the time.)

If you are a "food writer" and former line cook, and you "forget" about oyster sauce... maybe start working at a Radio Shack instead?
 
2022-08-13 2:29:58 PM  

talkyournonsense: Love me some oyster sauce. Really good mixed with sambal olec, lime juice, and fresh cilantro or Thai basil on eggplant stir-fry.
Kinda like this
https://www.thaicookbook.tv/thai-recipes/one-dish-meals/spicy-stir-fried-eggplant/


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2022-08-13 2:32:17 PM  

anuran: kdawg7736: I prefer raw oysters.

I had a dozen of them last night, but two of them oysters didn't work.


Ate a good bit last week while on vacation. Chincoteague salts at Harrison's in Ocean City, Maryland and some Chesapeake ones at a restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The Chincoteague ones were much better tasting.
 
2022-08-13 3:43:08 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Oyster sauce. Learn it, live it, loveAvoid it.

Fixed for people the have shellfish allergies. Use hoisin sauce instead.


Thank you for sharing and not being a shellfish asshole.
 
2022-08-13 5:19:26 PM  
Some weeks ago, I made a recipe that called for soy sauce and discovered I was out. Substituted oyster sauce and horry shet, I will never go back.
 
2022-08-13 5:47:44 PM  
Yup, love me some oyster sauce.  A welcome addition to almost every SE Asian dish I make. :)
 
2022-08-13 6:02:35 PM  

Lsherm: Snotnose: Think of it as Chinese BBQ sauce.  The saltiness varies with the brand.

Hoisin sauce is really Chinese BBQ sauce. Oyster sauce is more neutral.


This is where we agree to disagree.  I use both Hoisin and Oyster sauce fairly regularly ( e.g. once a month for each).  But I tend to follow a recipe, and have never actually compared the two.  Or maybe with more research I will decide you are right.  Not that I'm ever gonna do that research....
 
2022-08-13 6:34:08 PM  

Snotnose: Lsherm: Snotnose: Think of it as Chinese BBQ sauce.  The saltiness varies with the brand.

Hoisin sauce is really Chinese BBQ sauce. Oyster sauce is more neutral.

This is where we agree to disagree.  I use both Hoisin and Oyster sauce fairly regularly ( e.g. once a month for each).  But I tend to follow a recipe, and have never actually compared the two.  Or maybe with more research I will decide you are right.  Not that I'm ever gonna do that research....


FWIW, I lived in China for three years. That's my only basis for the claim. Oyster sauce was a usually a base. Hoisin was a flavored sauce, like BBQ sauce. You can use oyster sauce as a base for most any brown sauce with rice.
 
2022-08-13 7:44:10 PM  
Oyster sauce is a staple in my kitchen, but i'll also sneak in some Bullhead sauce (shacha) into stuff. No one knows what it is, but they like it..  and i'm not gonna tell them because half of them are not what you would call adventurous eaters.
 
2022-08-13 9:19:58 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Oyster sauce. Learn it, live it, loveAvoid it.

Fixed for people the have shellfish allergies. Use hoisin sauce instead.


ACHTUALLY ..... There's a vegan oyster sauce made from mushrooms that has the salty umami that replaces the real thing appropriately.

Hoisin is NOT an appropriate replacement for oyster sauce the flavor profile isn't remotely similar.
 
2022-08-13 9:23:17 PM  

Winterlight: talkyournonsense: Love me some oyster sauce. Really good mixed with sambal olec, lime juice, and fresh cilantro or Thai basil on eggplant stir-fry.
Kinda like this
https://www.thaicookbook.tv/thai-recipes/one-dish-meals/spicy-stir-fried-eggplant/

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That's the nicest thing anyone on the internet has ever said to me.

My man says I should make a YouTube cooking show. I'll let you know.
 
2022-08-13 11:08:42 PM  

talkyournonsense: Winterlight: talkyournonsense: Love me some oyster sauce. Really good mixed with sambal olec, lime juice, and fresh cilantro or Thai basil on eggplant stir-fry.
Kinda like this
https://www.thaicookbook.tv/thai-recipes/one-dish-meals/spicy-stir-fried-eggplant/

I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

That's the nicest thing anyone on the internet has ever said to me.

My man says I should make a YouTube cooking show. I'll let you know.


Please don't.
 
2022-08-13 11:16:49 PM  

FormlessOne: I just made (and, over three days, ate) a batch of char siu bao, so I'm getting a kick...


Pretty much the best food ever invented.
 
2022-08-13 11:22:35 PM  

kdawg7736: anuran: kdawg7736: I prefer raw oysters.

I had a dozen of them last night, but two of them oysters didn't work.

Ate a good bit last week while on vacation. Chincoteague salts at Harrison's in Ocean City, Maryland and some Chesapeake ones at a restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The Chincoteague ones were much better tasting.


Sydney Rock Oysters are awesome if you ever make it to Australia! I get mine from these guys: Welcome to Tathra Oysters
 
2022-08-13 11:26:59 PM  

nyan9mm: FormlessOne: I just made (and, over three days, ate) a batch of char siu bao, so I'm getting a kick...

Pretty much the best food ever invented.

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2022-08-13 11:53:19 PM  
Just used some yesterday in a coconut chickpea curry.
 
2022-08-14 9:30:24 AM  
I tried something similar once, it was very peculiar.
 
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