• Soy sauce is made from fermented soybeans, grain, water and salt. It originated in China and has been used there and in neighboring countries for over 2,500 years. No description of soy sauce would be accurate without talking about umami. Research has shown that humans have specific taste bud receptors for umami which explains why soy sauce gives more depth in flavor than just adding salt.
• Did you know that in Japan it’s not normal to dip your sushi in soy sauce when eating your sushi. It is considered an insult you can compare it to the american equivalent of getting a beefsteak at a restaurant and then drowning it in ketchup.
• Chinese soy sauce comes in two varieties, dark and light. The lighter version is the most used in Chinese cuisine and also known as fresh soy sauce. The darker version is fermented longer, and then sweetened with molasses and therefore has a higher viscosity.
• Japanese soy sauce is made with an even ratio of soybeans and wheat. This gives Japanese soy sauce a sweeter less harsh flavor and a thinner viscosity making it a great pair for sushi.
• Store soy sauce in a dark, cool place, otherwise it can turn slightly bitter.
• Try using soy sauce as a degreaser, you can clean your stove, pans or grill with this sauce.
• Give an Asian twist to your bloody mary by replacing the salt with a dash of soy sauce and swapping the horseradish for half the amount of wasabi.
Soy sauce contains very high levels of sodium. Sodium is an essential mineral that we require for basic bodily functions like nerve transmission and regulating blood pressure.
In a recent study it was found that soy sauce contains high amounts of shoyuflavones, a natural antioxidant.
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