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Old 01-05-2009, 04:41 PM   #21
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Jeekinz - you definitely CANNOT substitute soy sauce for oyster sauce. They are light years away from each other in both texture & taste. As GB said - sodium content is all they share. If a recipe calls for oyster sauce & you don't have any & can't purchase any, please choose another recipe. In my opinion, this isn't even remotely up for discussion.
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:43 PM   #22
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You can substitute it for soy sauce.

No, sorry. They are two entirely different things that don't taste the same.
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Old 01-05-2009, 06:34 PM   #23
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Go easy on Jeekinz now. I have some recipes for fried rice that call for soy sauce and some that call for oyster sauce. Yeah they taste different, but it's still fried rice.

The recipe in question is for broccoli chicken. IMHO it would still be broccoli chicken with soy sauce or oyster sauce...
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Old 01-05-2009, 06:37 PM   #24
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No one is saying it would not still be broccoli chicken. We are just saying that soy sauce is really not a substitute for oyster sauce.
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:53 PM   #25
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I love ya Jeekinz, but I would never sub soy sauce for oyster sauce. The only thing they have in common IMO is salt. Their flavors are quite different.
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Jeekinz, are you saying that you can use soy sauce instead of oyster sauce?

True, you can, but they don't taste anything alike. Kinda like saying if you don't have potatoes, you can use sweet potatoes. completely different flavor results.
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Jeekinz - you definitely CANNOT substitute soy sauce for oyster sauce. They are light years away from each other in both texture & taste. As GB said - sodium content is all they share. If a recipe calls for oyster sauce & you don't have any & can't purchase any, please choose another recipe. In my opinion, this isn't even remotely up for discussion.
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No, sorry. They are two entirely different things that don't taste the same.

WHOA! Lay off the Haterade folks.

I was just suggesting an alternative with an Asian flair.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:01 AM   #26
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[quote=GB;763017]Why do you think it will they disappear? My big box store carries things like that.

Why? because it is an economics game. These box shops put all sorts of stuff on the shelves to start out with and then start to take away what does not turn a certain number which will make their high profit margin. Further, a product like Oyster Sauce is not mass produced so is not price sensitive. Walmart cannot control the price unless it drastically reduces quality. Anyone for melamine in their Oyster Sauce? Take a walk through the dry-goods aisles and note the homogeneous products, same stuff you will find on the shelves in Target, or K-Mart. This will soon be the fate of our food selection.
I have been in Wal Marts all over the world even China where this practice has been carried out. They will eliminate any item which does not meet their profit guideline. Want to talk about soy sauce selection or dumplings in Beijing, or maybe white corn tortillas in Mexico City? Those are just a few examples and I could go on. You folks are simply fooling yourselves if you think that great big box store sitting out there is a fine thing for your community. The fine thing was that bakery which used to make fresh bread each morning. Ethnic grocers are just about the only thing we have left which the boxes cannot take away due to the specialty of their products. You folks complaining about living so far away. Do you have a Chinese restaurant in town? If so maybe you can deal some Oyster Sauce from them. I have found Chinese Restaurants in almost any little town we travel through and we travel a lot. Same thing for the local Mexican place or any other ethnic eating joint you have on your town square. Need some Indian Curry spices? talk to the guys who run your gas pumping store, I'll bet they know where to get some great curry. Be resourceful and use your community not the Walmart. Trust me your community will be better for it.
One last thing NEVER substitute soy sauce for oyster sauce.
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:52 AM   #27
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Ok Guys. For one thing, it is Oyster Flavored Sauce, and it does not remotely taste like Oysters. It is however excellent on French Fries. You could probable get close to Oyster Flavored Sauce by mixing Hoisin Sauce and Soy Sauce, but you would have to have tasted Oyster Flavored Sauce in order to get something pretty close to it. OFS is sort of sweet, but salty. Hoisin Sauce is sweet, and Soy Sauce is Salty. This mixture would work in a pinch, but I would find the OFS when I got a chance. It stays in the fridge for a long time, and it cost about the same as a bottle of ketchup. I have tried a few different kinds, and I prefer Lee Kum Kee. My motto on these types of things is this, if more than half the label is in English, don't buy it.
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:35 AM   #28
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Why? because it is an economics game. These box shops put all sorts of stuff on the shelves to start out with and then start to take away what does not turn a certain number which will make their high profit margin.
So that still does not explain why you think oyster sauce will disappear if sold in a big box store. Of course they pull things from the shelf that do not turn a profit. They are a business in the business of making money. Your local Asian market does the same exact thing. No one is going to stock something that does not sell. But just because a big box store starts selling oyster sauce does not mean it will disappear. My local Stop and Shop has been selling oyster sauce for as long as I have been cooking. I can find it just as easily and reliably as I can find sugar or flour or coffee or any other staples in my kitchen.
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Further, a product like Oyster Sauce is not mass produced so is not price sensitive.
I am not sure where you are getting that information from. Oyster sauce most certainly is mass produced.
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You folks are simply fooling yourselves if you think that great big box store sitting out there is a fine thing for your community.
No one said that and that is not what this discussion was about. It was about oyster sauce.
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You folks complaining about living so far away. Do you have a Chinese restaurant in town? If so maybe you can deal some Oyster Sauce from them.
First, no one was complaining that they lived anywhere. Second, Chinese restaurants are in the business of selling meals. They are not in the business of selling condiments. I would be willing to bet that very few would be willing to sell things like that. I know because I have tried in Bostons China Town to buy some things from some of my favorite restaurants and they have all flatly refused. That is not their business.
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Ok Guys. For one thing, it is Oyster Flavored Sauce
What you buy may be oyster flavored sauce. What I buy is oyster sauce.
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:39 AM   #30
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Thank you, Chaplain Kent...it's true. The chain grocery's are all doing it, too. They start out with a wide variety of products, and drop the ones that don't move off the shelves fast enough. They also replace as many of the big sellers with inferior, store-branded generic products. It's a race to the bottom, the lowest common denominator. That is why on-line retail business is booming...so many good things are no longer locally available. Buy you oyster sauce from the nearest Asian market if you can. If you don't the nearest Asian market will be farther away the next time you look for one.
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