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The usual ingredients for Thai chili pastes are fresh or dry chilies, garlic, shallots, lime juice and often some kind of fish or shrimp paste. In the traditional way of preparing the sauce, the ingredients are pounded together using a mortar and pestle, with either salt or fish sauce added to taste. There are many variations of chili paste as other ingredients are often added as is the case with this product.
Traditionally, oyster sauce is made by slowly simmering oysters in water until the juices caramelize into a thick, brown, intensely flavorful sauce. Modern variations include lighter oyster sauces as well.