In 1888, a restauranteur named Mr. Lee Kum Sheung from Southern China was boiling a pot of oyster soup and forgot about it 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’. Mr Lee was the founder of Lee Kum Kee and his story is how China’s staple larder oyster sauce was invented. With a food heritage dating back 131 years, Lee Kum Kee now manufactures and distributes its authentic Chinese sauces and famous condiments across more than 100 countries and regions across the five continents.
Now Lee Kum Kee is maintaining its number 1 position as the authentic Chinese sauce brand in Hong Kong and the World’s number 1 brand for Oyster Sauce. Lee Kum Kee is also the largest and best known Chinese sauce brand in the global Chinese market as well as the brand of choice for Michelin-starred Chinese restaurants and chefs.
Lee Kum Kee sauces are well positioned in all leading supermarket chains, including world food sections of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Asda, Morrisons as well as all Chinese grocery shops and cash and carries. They are also stocked by Bidvest and many food service wholesalers and buying groups.
As the preferred sauce of Michelin-starred chefs and home cooks around the globe, only the very best ingredients are accepted. While sauce is an essential part of a dish, we are serious about providing customers with perfect sauces. We guarantee this through our dedicated quality controllers working alongside our farmers and at every stage of the process. When your customers count on you to offer them the very best, rest assured your recipes are in great hands with Lee Kum Kee.
This is the Lee Kum Kee Zero Tolerance Quality Philosophy: 100-1=0.
You can always count on us for quality.
Lee Kum Kee have truly perfected the art and science of sauce making. Lee Kum Kee production plants spread globally from Hong Kong to China, USA and Southeast Asia. The production process is subject to rigorous monitoring, from sourcing raw materials down to final testing of the finished product, to ensure that all Lee Kum Kee products’ quality are stable and always at its best.
Lee Kum Kee’s production facilities hold various international quality certifications and certifications in specialised product categories, such as our organic, gluten-free, Kosher and Halal product offerings.
As more of us explore the world, experiencing different food cultures has become easier than ever. This has meant that consumers are now searching for the most genuine food and new flavours every day. With Lee Kum Kee, the sauce brand that has been used and trusted in all Chinese families and kitchens, you are offered this range of authentic and honest sauces with endless ways of creating new dishes.
Each bottle in Lee Kum Kee's Professional Range contains approximately 50-100 portions as they are rich and concentrated. This means they are highly cost-effective, giving you more margin.
Lee Kum Kee is devoted to helping chefs grow and discovering new young chefs. That is why Lee Kum Kee holds chef seminars from time to time, as well as global young chef competitions, in order to help new chefs develop their career.