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Fish Sauce, Oyster Sauce, Hoisin Sauce?

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Fish Sauce, Oyster Sauce, Hoisin Sauce?

Funwithfood | May 16, 2004 10:25 AM

I had a recipe for a marinated pork tenderloin which called for soy sauce, honey, garlic ginger, and Oyster Sauce. I did not have Oyster Sauce but was told that Fish Sauce or Hoisin Sauce could be subtituted.

I opened the Fish Sauce (in the cupboard but never used!) and it reeked so bad I threw it away. {It smelled like the fish emulsion I use on my tomatoes!}

Okay, I am new to all these ingredients. With option 1 & 2 out, I substituted Hoisin. The dish turned out fine, but I can't imagine that Hoisin is an appropriate substitute for either Oyster or Fish Sauces.

Can someone help me understand the nuances in flavor, and uses for Oyster, Fish, and Hoisin Sauces?

Thanks in Advance!!!

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