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Chinese soy sauces

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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.   light 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.   dark soy sauce
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.   double dark soy sauce

Look for Chinese soy sauces at Asian markets. After opening, store soy sauces tightly capped at room temperature for up to 6 months.


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