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Old 05-22-2008, 07:51 PM   #1
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Substitute for soy sauce?

I can't eat soy of any kind anymore, but I love the way soy sauce tastes. (PS - also can't do much salt either)
I want to continue cooking some asian foods, but without soy, it's nearly impossible.
Does anyone know of a product that I could use to kind-of get that flavor back?
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Old 05-22-2008, 07:57 PM   #2
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Man, jkath. You have a dilemma. I have no clue but, you're right, I hope ironchef chimes in. Good luck with your "quest."
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:11 PM   #3
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Hydrolyzed vegetable protein....Made from wheat...Maybe?
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:23 PM   #4
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Maybe try this........


Low Sodium Soy Sauce Substitute Recipe
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:56 PM   #5
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Gluten Free Soy Sauce Substitute CD Veg ACC 5mins You can try this recipe for soy substitute.
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:02 PM   #6
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Wow - 2 totally different ideas - thank you -
I think I may try Bob's first, except I'll change out my beef broth for bouillon (since most bouillons seem to include soy, by one of it's many names)
The other sounds like it may be tasty for basting on chicken during the last minutes of grilling :)
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Old 05-23-2008, 01:53 AM   #7
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And, a 3rd option (although like soy it is a bit salty) is fish sauce - "nuoc mam" in Vietnamese and "nam pla" in Thai. It's used in Southeast Asian cooking like soy sauce is used in Chinese cooking.

It smells bad, and taste just as bad, right out of the bottle - but when used in cooking (especially a stir fry) it mellows out and loses the bad smell and taste. I started using it about 20 years ago in place of soy in most cases ... think it was because of an episode of the Frugal Gourmet ... and our Korean/Vietnamese market carries it.

If you can find them - both "Squid" and "Shrimp" brands are premium quality and have less salt and smell less fishy than some others I've tried - I prefer the Shrimp brand.

Some fish sauces have added other stuff - sugar, hydrolyzed wheat protein, molasses, MSG ... etc. Read the ingredients on the label.
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Old 05-23-2008, 05:12 AM   #8
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Here's one recipe that you might want to try:

Soy Sauce Substitute - Allrecipes

Off hand though, I don't know of any soy sauce substitutes. If we have a guest who has soy allergies, we just omit it or inform them of which choices are available to them.
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I'd try oyster sauce. It's low sodium, there's no soy in it, and it has a less, shall we say pungent, flavor than fish sauce.
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Old 05-24-2008, 12:17 PM   #10
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hmmm...good info - one question though - am I correct in my assumption that the shrimp, squid and oyster sauces still taste like (duh) fish? hmm.

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