Each of the three kinds of soy sauce in the Steamed Pork Bun recipe contributes a different flavor nuance.
|Light soy sauce (aka pure bean or thin soy sauce) is used to enhance the flavors of the other ingredients in a recipe. It’s thin and savory. Light soy is what westerners think of as regular soy sauce; it’s not a reduced-sodium “lite” soy sauce.|
|Dark soy sauce (aka black soy sauce) is thick and sweet, often from added molasses. It’s used to give dark color and flavor to a dish.|
|Double dark soy sauce (aka double black soy sauce) is even thicker, darker, and sweeter than dark soy. It’s also used for adding color and rich, sweet flavor.|
Look for Chinese soy sauces at Asian markets. After opening, store soy sauces tightly capped at room temperature for up to 6 months.