Japan versus China: who will win the championship in the battle of soy sauces?

The first mention of soy sauce dates back to the VI. AD in China. In the VII century Buddhist monks brought him to Japan. The Japanese liked sauce so much that they began to produce it themselves. And already in the XVIII century the recipe of a Japanese sauce came to Europe.

For today it is impossible to imagine a place where you would not know about soy sauce. A stereotype that it is used only for dishes of Japanese and Chinese cuisine, has almost completely disappeared. Soy sauce gives to any dish the umami taste, according to a certain glutamate of sodium, which appears naturally in fermentation.

But many people have a question:

What sauce is better: Japanese or Chinese?

Let's figure it out. In general, in world culinary tradition, they usually use Chinese light soy sauce, and Japanese dark. But should we stop on these two?

Chinese soy sauce

If the Chinese recipe simply says "soy sauce" – be sure that it's about light soy sauce. It is liquid, opaque and light brown in color. This sauce is ideal as an easy seasoning and as a deep, and also ideal for cooking, for example, for frying in WOK.

The Chinese dark soy sauce is dark and thick, but less salty and has a light sweetish aftertaste. This is due to the fact that it is often has sugar or molasses. Basically, Chinese dark sauce is used for cooking, adding it on the last stages, to give the color and shine for the dish.

Japanese soy sauce

But among Japanese sauces dark soy is more common. Has a deep color, but a less intense taste. The texture of the Japanese dark is thick and saturated, and the taste is less salty. It is perfect for marinades, for cooking various dishes, for deep and for frying.

So, we cannot say that what sauce is better, and what is worse – it all depends on the conditions of its use and on what product you want to get at the outlet.

Cook with love and soy sauce!

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