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Old 01-02-2008, 09:14 AM   #11
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I subsribe to CooksIllustrated.com, and they did a review on Soy Sauce:http://tastetests.cooksillustrated.c...?tastingid=508. They rated Kikkoman as one of the best, and La Choy as the worst.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:21 AM   #12
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I prefer brewed soy myself, but to each their own.
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:17 AM   #13
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Watkins has several flavored soy sauces that I enjoy on various dishes. They are too strongly flavored to cook with, I suspect, but as something to dash into a rice dish or a soup they are great.
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Old 01-02-2008, 12:00 PM   #14
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There is a profound difference between soys.

There are 3 major groups

Light Soy (ex. Kikoman) Which is brewed and tastes light with a bite

Dark Soy (ex. La Choy) Which is dark and hydrolyzed as someone mentioned. Hearty and a different type of sweet.

Mixed Soy (ex. Asian) Which is a mixture, sometimes incorporating other flavors such as Sweet Ginger Soy or Teriyaki Soy.


There are a lot more than 3 types, actually and La Choy isn't a dark soy sauce.

Dark soy is thicker and has had sugar or molasses added to it.

La Choy is just a cheaper brand of "light" soy sauce. IMO, all you taste is salt with it.

Personally I prefer Kikkoman low sodium and Healthy Boy brand.
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Old 01-02-2008, 12:09 PM   #15
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I have to agree with "Cooks Illustrated" - La Choy (& Chun King) products have to be the worst. The few I've tried have an "off", almost chemical taste, & contain ingredients both unnecessary nor authentic. Does anyone remember the old La Choy tv jingle? "La Choy makes Chinese food - swing, American"? They've been around since when? The 1950's? Unfortunately, their products haven't changed much since then. One would have thought that with the major interest over the years in Asian cooking, they would have invested in better quality.

Kikkoman is a terrific light soy sauce, & one I buy by the gallon jug from CostCo for everyday use - primarily for Japanese, Thai, Korean, etc., cooking. My "dark", "black", & "mushroom" soys (as well as nam pla (fish sauce) I buy in quart-size glass bottles from Asian markets & use fairly exclusively for Chinese dishes.

But - if you don't like something, you don't like it. And personal preference is a major player in the ingredients we use, which is as it should be.
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Old 01-02-2008, 01:20 PM   #16
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I have three different soy sauces and they are all... Kikkoman! Yakuta is a nice one in my opinion too. Lee Kum Kee does a nice sweet and sour. Haven't tried their soy sauce.
I can only get the Yakuta light and I love it very nice flavor
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Old 01-02-2008, 03:33 PM   #17
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I subsribe to CooksIllustrated.com, and they did a review on Soy Sauce:http://tastetests.cooksillustrated.c...?tastingid=508. They rated Kikkoman as one of the best, and La Choy as the worst.

Go figure...

First of all, to read that article one has to be a member, so maybe you can copy and PM it to me, please.

Second of all, I just did not like taste of Kikkoman and I do not care what kind of rating it got.

Third of all, but by far not the least in my book, I keep kosher and it is very important factor. La Choy has one of the best kosher supervision teams checking them out. Kikkoman has one that I would consider if nothing else was available, but would not make a staple in my house at all. In the end there are so many things to consider when you buy a product, any product, that even the taste is not always a factor that really matters.
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Old 01-02-2008, 03:45 PM   #18
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Oooo, I never even thought about the kosher thing Charlie. Is it hard to find stuff that is usable when you are making "ethnic" foods?
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:11 PM   #19
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Alix, it is almost imposible, in my neck of the woods. It is much easier in Big cities like NY, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, etc. But in all the truth it is hard to find many other things here compare to big cities. It is only recently, last 10 years or so that you could find decent Ruccian foods. Before that we would make special trips to Chicago or NY to buy something. So MN is really behind and not in the fashion only but in many other things too. We do have Mayo clinick though...
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:14 PM   #20
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You must have to do a lot of online shopping then. (And the Mayo clinic is only good if you get REALLY sick.)
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