Both oyster sauce and fish sauce are very popular in the world of cuisine. Usually, they are used for Chinese and other Southeast Asian cooking, adding extra unique flavor to dishes. Though those sauces originated from China, nearly all South Asian countries utilize them, and even they gain popularity in Western restaurants. Lay people and rookies in cooking often think that they are very look alike. But, they are basically different, and they provide their own distinct taste.
Oyster sauce provides a sweet and salty oyster taste. The ingredients include oyster, brine, and flavour additives. The modern oyster sauce also uses artificial flavorings, color, and preservatives. Sometimes, cornstarch is applied to thicken the sauce. Oyster sauce is made through a boiling process. It is interesting that there is a vegetarion version derived from mushrooms.
Meanwhile, fish sauce’s taste is stressed more on the salty, fishy part. The creation process involves the fermentation of the fishes in a wooden box. The fishes may consist of a particular type or from different types depending on where it is made. Salt is added during the fermentation, and spices are optional. Besides using fish, fish sauce can also be made from anchovies or squid without having to change the product’s name.
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Generally, they are used for different foods. However, if you are a strict vegan, then the vegetarian version of oyster sauce should be your option. Outside that case, oyster sauce is for chow mien and stir fries, while fish sauce is used in pickles, soups, salads, and casseroles, as well as a dipping condiment.