Oyster sauce is an intensely flavorful condiment created by the founder of LKK, Lee Kum Sheung. Lee ran a tea stall that sold cooked oysters where he accidentally left oysters to cook all day and found that the clear oyster soup had reduced into a thick and savory brown sauce. This flavorful oyster extract, after being seasoned and thickened with corn starch, would become the intensely savory condiment known as oyster sauce. Oyster sauce adds an incredible depth of flavor to numerous dishes and is often used as a condiment to top plain foods such as blanched vegetables. Panda brand is a economical variant of the original recipe that launched the Lee Kum Kee empire.
Uses: Top your blanched or steamed vegetables with oyster sauce and a drizzle of sesame oil for a restaurant quality side. Add to your stir-frys or sauces to add umami, sweetness, and flavor.