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Soy sauce varieties

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A recipe I was going to make for something pickled calls for a 'light Japanese soy sauce'. Any idea what this means and how it's different from anything else? Will using my Trader Joe's variety be sufficient?

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  1. A light soy sauce tends to be somewhat thinner, lighter in color, and somewhat saltier than standard or dark soy sauce.
    Some Japanese style brands, like Kikkoman, can substitute for a light soy sauce in some recipes.
    So it pretty much depends on what your recipe is and whether the Trader Joe's is a light, standard, or dark sauce.

    1. I'm not as familiar with Japanese soy sauces as I am with Chinese soy sauce, but it's best to use light when called for.

      Comparing light soy to dark soy is like honey to molasses; different taste, colour and consistency. Light soy is most generally used for cooking and dipping and sauces, whereas the dark is best for stews, braises or marinades with deeper flavour.

      That said, I'd assume a general purpose soy from Trader Joe's to be a light soy. (No TJ's in Canada so I can't be sure.)