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Apr 12, 2007 09:26 PM

Can anyone recommend a good soy sauce?

I know I can taste a difference between the soy sauce that comes in packets with take-out and, say, Kikkoman, which is what I generally buy at the store b/c it's easily available. And I know there's much better. Could anyone suggest a good, relatively easy-to-find (mass produced) soy sauce for me, please?

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  1. Lot of places use Aloha Shoyu in Hawaii. It's been a while since I had that brand but I think it's a little sweeter than Kikkoman.

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      1. re: Vegasbuff

        This is also my favorite kind of soy sauce, but I've never seen it on sale outside of California or Hawaii.

        1. re: garrett

          I'm out west, but the Grocery Outlets near me have it.

          1. re: enbell

            I have to agree and say Aloha Shoyu is the best. It is a bit sweeter than most soy sauces I have tried but I appreciate that it doesn't taste overly salty.

          2. re: garrett

            Yep, with my experience so far, I have found Aloha Shoyu to be best. It can be bought online too.

        2. I really like the San-J red. sod. Tamari. Check it out - Ive been using it for a year now

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          1. While there are many good soy sauces out there, I have never found any "better" than Kikkoman--for a balanced, general-use shoyu. I use thicker and/or sweeter soy sauces for other types of preparations.

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            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

              I'm there with you Sam! Although sometimes (strictly for chinese cooking) I use China Lily

              1. re: starlady

                I second the San-J tamari. The non-sodium-reduced is better, IMHO. I do not care for Kikkoman.

                1. re: LizATL

                  Thanks, LizATL. Why don't you care for Kokkoman?

                  1. re: LizATL

                    I agree, for certain types of cooking you do need kikkoman, even though Aloha Shoyu is my all time fav. but kikkoman is so salty so I also like the reduced sodium version when I have to use it.

                2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                  Which other types of preparations? It'd be nice to find a really good soy sauce for sashimi. I do like Kikkoman for cooking, but it seems a little flat for sashimi.

                  1. re: cimui

                    Kikoman makes a sushi-specific soy sauce. Waaay, way salty but maybe what you're after.

                    1. re: enbell

                      Eeek, not so much, but thanks for the heads up. =)

                      1. re: enbell

                        I'm a little queasy on the Kikkoman sushi soy. My son buys it - and likes it, I guess - but there are lots of extra ingredients in it that I don't really want. MSG, for one, and other stuff I can't remember at the moment. I prefer the purity of regular soy.

                        1. re: Nyleve

                          Kikkoman has no MSG. It has natural glutamate but so do tomatoes- and so does every soy sauce, unavoidably. What you're saying is like saying that protein is an "ingredient" of a hamburger.

                          1. re: John Manzo

                            Nyleve was talking specifically about Kikkoman's "Sushi & Sashimi Soy Sauce", the ingredients of which you can find here:


                    2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                      Agreed on Kikkoman. The light version is also good. For dipping, I sometimes add chinese dark vinegar a la the sauce that most Northern Chinese dumpling/noodle places offer.

                    3. depends on what you are cooking or using it for...all soy sauces are different. Since I'm part korean I am partial to korean soy sauces and even japanese ones. I buy assi brand (korean) at my local store because it's so cheap . I also buy a pretty good japanese brand, but I forget the name of it. The label is red, white, and possibly yellow and is very cheap.

                      nothing beats homemade soy sauce though. My mother buys about a gallon of it from a friend for $50.

                      how bad are those soy sauce in packets? it tastes like salty water with brown food colouring - which is probably what it's made out of

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                      1. re: bitsubeats

                        Those little packets are as you described. The food coloring is also caramel/burnt sugar.

                        Also, if you are in the know, are there any good Korean brands other than Sempio and Assi? Recommendations and uses? Seems like to me that Korean soy sauce is oriented more towards soups and stews.

                      2. A Thai friend turned me on to Golden Mountain years ago. It tastes very different, and I've come to prefer it for both plain white rice and for cooking a particular Ming-Tsai-inspired fried rice dish. I don't use it in other cooking, though. Sometimes I find Golden Moutain's soy sauce, sometimes their soy seasoning, but both are good. I'm sure it's not considered high-quality, but it's something to try if you're looking for different types of soy sauce.

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                        1. re: maestra

                          I too prefer Golden Mountain. I LOVE soy sauce, and I put it on everything. I find Kikkoman too dark without any flavor.

                          Usually, the big bottle of Golden Mountain is less than $2, so I doubt its "high quality," but that's fine with me.

                          1. re: maestra

                            If you are talking about the Green n Yellow bottle, I don't think that stuff is soy sauce, but more along the lines of Maggi.