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Soy Sauce - Recipe Ingredient and Condiment

Updated on June 17, 2012
- Soy Sauce as Recipe Ingredient and Condiment, by Rosie2010 on Hubpages -
- Soy Sauce as Recipe Ingredient and Condiment, by Rosie2010 on Hubpages -

Soy sauce (also known as soya sauce) is believed to have originated in China. Soy sauce originally came in paste form and eventually developed into the liquid soy sauce that we know today. Soy sauce can be used as an ingredient for your favorite recipe for more flavor other than salt, or as a condiment or dipping sauce.

Soy sauce is made from fermented soy beans mixed with roasted grain (usually wheat, rice or barley), water and salt.

Soy sauce is made either by fermentation or by hydrolysis. The traditional process of making soy sauce is by fermentation, which could take several months. Today, the hydrolysis process is often used in making soy sauce. Hydrolysis is a chemical process that artificially breaks down the soy proteins and allows to decrease the time of brewing from several months to 2-3 days.

Although the hydrolysis process is a much faster method of making soy sauce, soy sauce that is brewed naturally has more aromatic savory flavor. Soy sauce made by the faster process of hydrolysis is lacking in savory flavor.

The rectangular packets of soy sauce that we get when we order Chinese food, are made using hydrolysis. This type of soy sauce is what the Western World is accustomed to.

Soy sauce is an essential ingredient in Chinese, Japanese and Asian cuisines. Rather than salt, a Chinese, Japanese and Asian recipe would ask for soy sauce as ingredient. Soy sauce is also often used as condiment for added flavor to regular dish or as a dipping sauce.

There are three basic kinds of soy sauce:

  • Light soy sauce is the least aged and the one most often used in cooking. So whenever a recipe calls for soy sauce, this is the one to use.
  • Dark soy sauce, slightly thicker and longer-aged than the lighter version, is preferred for dipping and braising.
  • Sweet soy sauce is made from fermenting soybean and sugar cane.

Aside from the basic light, dark and sweet soy sauce, there are special flavored ones like mushroom soy sauce and shrimp soy sauce, which are infused with mushroom and shrimp flavor, respectively. These can be found in Chinese or Asian markets.

For people with gluten intolerance, you can enjoy the tangy flavor of tamari soy sauce from the miso fermentation process. True tamari soy sauce is fermented without any gluten. Please check the label carefully.

All varieties of soy sauce are salty, earthy, brownish liquids intended to season food while cooking or at the table.

There are so many brands of soy sauce in the market these days. To choose the best soy sauce to be used as an ingredient in your cooking or as a condiment, it is recommended that you experiment with different brands, and choose the one that suits your taste.

Soy sauce keeps indefinitely, even when stored at room temperature.

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Soy Sauce for Recipe Ingredient and Condiment

Pearl River Bridge Soy Sauce and Mushroom Flavored Soy Sauce - It is said that the Pearl River Bridge brand of soy sauce is the best Chinese soy sauce - Soy Sauce recipe ingredient and condiment
Pearl River Bridge Soy Sauce and Mushroom Flavored Soy Sauce - It is said that the Pearl River Bridge brand of soy sauce is the best Chinese soy sauce - Soy Sauce recipe ingredient and condiment
Kikoman Japanese soy sauce - Can be used for soy sauce recipe ingredient or as a condiment.  Kikoman soy sauce are sold in many grocery stores.
Kikoman Japanese soy sauce - Can be used for soy sauce recipe ingredient or as a condiment. Kikoman soy sauce are sold in many grocery stores.
Kecap Manis ABC Indonesian sweet Soy sauce - In Indonesia, soy sauce is known as "kecap" (also ketjap or kicap), which is a catch-all term for fermented sauces - Soy Sauce recipe ingredient and condiment
Kecap Manis ABC Indonesian sweet Soy sauce - In Indonesia, soy sauce is known as "kecap" (also ketjap or kicap), which is a catch-all term for fermented sauces - Soy Sauce recipe ingredient and condiment
Korean Soy Sauce - In Korea, soy sauce is called "Joseon ganjang,"  mainly used in making soups, seasoning, and dip sauce - Soy Sauce recipe ingredient and condiment
Korean Soy Sauce - In Korea, soy sauce is called "Joseon ganjang," mainly used in making soups, seasoning, and dip sauce - Soy Sauce recipe ingredient and condiment
Philippine Soy Sauce- In the Philippines, soy sauce is called "toyo," made from soybeans, wheat, salt, and caramel, tastes milder than other soy sauce - Soy Sauce recipe ingredient and condiment
Philippine Soy Sauce- In the Philippines, soy sauce is called "toyo," made from soybeans, wheat, salt, and caramel, tastes milder than other soy sauce - Soy Sauce recipe ingredient and condiment
Tamari Soy Sauce is gluten-free for people with gluten intolerance - Soy Sauce recipe ingredient and condiment
Tamari Soy Sauce is gluten-free for people with gluten intolerance - Soy Sauce recipe ingredient and condiment

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  • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosie Rose 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Docmo, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my soy sauce hub. Thanks so much. Cheers!

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

  • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosie Rose 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya MarieAlice, thanks for dropping by. Me too, I always have soy sauce in my kitchen. Soy sauce is better thank salt. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my soy sauce hub. Cheers!

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    Mohan Kumar 

    7 years ago from UK

    Great hub on the wonderful soy sauce and its uses.. loved it!

  • MarieAlice profile image

    Maria Alicia Cardenas 

    7 years ago from Spain

    i love soy sauce... i always have some in my kitchen...nice hub!!!

  • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosie Rose 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Mimi, thanks for dropping by. lol I'm glad you found something something new from my soy sauce hub. lol I wrote it for the Hubmob weekly topic. Cheers!

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

  • Mimi721wis profile image

    Mimi721wis 

    7 years ago

    As much as I like soy sauce I've never once wondered how it's made. Now I'm knowledgeable about the sauce.

  • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosie Rose 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Will, thanks for dropping by. Thanks.. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my soy sauce hub. I love soy sauce too.. I normally use soy sauce in cooking instead of salt. Cheers!

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

  • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosie Rose 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya L.L., thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you learned something new about soy sauce. Did you order Chinese food today? Cheers!

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

  • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosie Rose 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya my darling handsome cowboy, so nice to see today in my soy sauce hub. lol just order Chinese food tonight. hugsss

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    WillStarr 

    7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    Great Hub Rosie!

    I love soy sauce.

  • L.L. Woodard profile image

    L.L. Woodard 

    7 years ago from Oklahoma City

    I learned something new about soy sauce with this hub. Thanks much. Now my mouth is watering for some Asian cuisine!

  • Gets profile image

    Gets 

    7 years ago

    Have Soy Sauce....need some shrimp fried rice and some egg rolls? You cooking? lol:D

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