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Dec 12, 2001 07:28 AM

Magic Soy Sauce

  • j

I bought a bottle of soy sauce a few weeks ago that has been serving me very well as a sauce for fried rice noodles -- all I need to do is fry some meat, then pour in some of this sauce and add the noodles, stir until they are coated and serve -- it is really delicious and just the right consistency. (It is liquid but it thickens slightly when heated.)

The label is mostly in Chinese characters which I can't read, what it says in pinyin is Si Dâú Loai Dâm, what it says in English is Kimlan Lou Chau Soy Sauce (Dark) -- Kimlan is the brand. Got a nice short ingredients list, too: Soybeans, wheat, salt, water, sugar, caramel, sodium benzoate (preservative).

Can anyone tell me more about this sauce? What are some more good ways to use it?

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  1. There are different varieties of soy sauce. Light, dark, black, mushroom flavor, etc. I think Si Dau Loai Dam is Vietnamese. Dark soy sauce is richer, thicker and usually not as salty.

    1. c
      Chris Armstrong

      Hey, Jeremy.

      I too have fallen for Kimlan soy sauce. It's clearly a superior product.

      Mine says, simply, "Kimlan Soy Sauce, naturally fermented, authentic Chinese"

      Ingredients: soybeans, wheat, salt, water, sodium benzoate (less than 1/10 of 1% blah blah blah)

      No sugar or caramel, though. I win.


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      1. re: Chris Armstrong

        Hi Chris,

        Where do you get yours? Mine is from the Pacific Supermarket on 75th and Broadway. I imagine the presence of caramel is what makes mine "(Dark)" -- the sugar, I dunno, maybe dark sauce is supposed to be sweeter...

        1. re: Jeremy Osner
          Chris Armstrong

          Flushing, smallish supermarket on Roosevelt Avenue closest to White Bear house of Wontons.