From Soybeans to Soy Sauce: The Traditional Chinese Way

When it comes to Chinese food, soy sauce is used everywhere. It’s one of the most basic condiment you’ll ever see.

Many people post videos of making gourmet food with soy sauce, but for Li Ziqi, she starts with planting soybeans …

For the rest of us, we buy soy sauce from a grocery store. Good thing is that many stores carry them, including Costco. If you live in the U.S. and go shopping for soy sauce, you’ll most likely find these brands on the shelf:

Light Soy Sauce

Keep in mind that there are two types of soy sauces. The most common one is often called regular or light soy sauce (生抽), as shown in the picture above. It’s used for cold dishes, noodle soup, stir fry, and just about anything else.

The other type is called dark soy sauce (老抽). It looks darker and appears thicker, and is primarily used to add a darker shade to a dish. See example below:

Dark Soy Sauce

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