My favourite soy sauces

My favourite soy sauces

Light soy sauce

  • Not too salty and a light flavor
  • A light soy sauce and olive oil mixture is a great sauce for plain rice, tuna rice, tuna avocado rice;
  • A light soy sauce and sesame oil mixture is also a great topping sauce for blanched Asian greens and poached chicken;
  • My preferred light soy sauce is Kikkoman – made in Japan, no preservatives and it actually tastes fresh;
  • I like to use Kikkoman for dressing rather than cooking. I prefer to use a traditional soy sauce for cooking to provide a deeper flavor.
Kikkoman soy sauce
Kikkoman soy sauce

Traditional soy sauce

  • I use traditional soy sauce in meat marinate – rub the meat with traditional soy sauce, sugar, ginger and shallot, wine and white pepper before stir-frying;
  • I also use the traditional soy sauce in meat stir-fries if the meat is not pre-marinated. Add sugar to brown the meat and add flavor;
  • I don’t typically use traditional soy sauce to stir fry Asian greens. I prefer a clean color for my Asian greens, so I use salt or fish sauce;
  • Same as light soy sauce, traditional soy sauce and sesame oil can be used as a topping sauce for blanched Asian green;
  • There are many good brands for traditional soy sauce. My favorite is the Lee Kum Kee premium soy sauce.
Lee Kim Kee premium soy sauce
Lee Kim Kee premium soy sauce

Dark soy sauce

  • Dark soy sauce is not very salty. I mainly use it to add colour.
  • It can be used in marinating meat to give the meat a richer colour.
  • I like to use dark soy sauce and sesame oil colour the tossed noodles (‘lo mee’).
  • For stir-fries, if you can keep the wok very hot when adding the sauce, the sizzling dark soy sauce is very aromatic.
  • My ultimate dark soy sauce is Lee Kim Kee’s double deluxe soy sauce. The downside is that it is expensive.
  • My day-to-day saice is the premium dark soy sauce by Lee Kum Kee. It is a little more expensive than other dark soy sauces, but it is worth the money.
Lee kum kee double deluxe soy sauce
Lee Kum Kee Double Deluxe Soy Sauce

Lee Kim Kee premium dark soy sauce
Lee Kim Kee premium dark soy sauce

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