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Dec 26, 2006 03:40 PM

favorite soy sauce brand?

Finished a bottle of Pearl River. Have had the standard Kikkoman and Lee Kum Kee. Looking for something new. I'm curious to see if there are any soy sauce die hards out there who swear by one type or many ...

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  1. Kimlan super special soy sauce. Love the name, love the flavor!

    One of the worst soy sauces I've had in recent history was an organic soy sauce from Nijiya. I think it might even have been Nijiya brand.

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    1. re: Pei

      I am hooked on the higher grade (more expensive) Kimlan sauces like the one above. Widely available in chinatown stores. There is one labeled with a vietnamese name that is also good.

      The one we are using now, I-Jen is my favorite of these.

      These are taiwanese sauces so I daresay there is a Japanese influence in their manufacture

      Soy sauce evaporates and degrades on storage - with typical chinese sauces like the pearl river, which is perfectly good, I used to be indifferent; with this one, its so delicious that if it starts to feel oxidized and muddy I toss it and start a new bottle.

    2. Aloha brand. Does not have the tartness so prevalent in Kikkoman.

      1. I like Hatsu-Shibori soy sauce made in Japan by Marukin. If you want one with low salt try Oishi-Genen soy sauce made in Japan by Marukin. If your into organic they have Yuuki-Marudaizu soy sauce again by Marukin. All three of these are Marukins top of the line. Kikkoman tamari I think good too. And I agree Kimlan super special is good as well. The regular Kimlan is to me just ok.

        I hope this gives you a couple for you to try.

        1. Kikkoman, but probably because our family (on both sides) have used the stuff now for five generations.

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          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

            Same here, but I can only claim a single generation of use. (I don't know if it was what my Mom's family used in Okinawa, but it's probably the one that was easiest for her to buy in 1960s U.S. suburbia!)

          2. Pearl River, Kum Lee, Swan, I prefer to use the kikkoman for when I need lighter soy sauce.

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