Lee Kum Kee
With a history of 127 years, Lee Kum Kee is the name synonymous with authentic Chinese sauces and the brand of choice among Chinese chefs and Michelin-starred Chinese restaurants around world. Lee Kum Kee provides over 200 types of sauces and condiments to over 100 countries.
Lee Kum Kee is the World’s No.1 Brand for Oyster Sauce
Oyster Sauce was invented by Lee Kum Kee in 1888. It has now become a major ingredient in Chinese cooking and the secret of Asian kitchens. Recently Lee Kum Kee has been crowned the World’s Number One Brand for Oyster Sauce*, which has reinforced its leadership position in the Chinese sauce category across the globe.
Discovering Oyster Sauce by “Accident”!
In 1888, a restaurateur, Mr Lee Kam Sheung, in southern China was boiling a pot of oyster soup and forgot about this until the soup was simmered down to a thick gravy. He tasted it and discovered an irresistible, delicious new flavour. Since then, he started selling this as “Oyster Sauce” which turned out to be very popular. This Mr Lee was the founder of Lee Kum Kee.
In Europe, Lee Kum Kee has won a number of prestigious awards in food and drink industry. Its Double Deluxe Soy Sauce is the winner of the Grocer Gold Award in 2010, and Lee Kum Kee Chiu Chow Chilli Oil was awarded the Grocer New Product 2013 Finalist, the only Chinese sauce brand in the competition organised by the leading trade magazine of the U.K.
*Source: “Euromonitor International Limited; all retail channels; 2015 edition; Per Euromonitor International’s global brand name classification; retail value sales at retail selling prices; 2007-2014 data.”