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What is in the soy sauce in dim sum restaurants that makes it so sweet?

Question by Christine C: What is in the soy sauce in dim sum restaurants that makes it so sweet?
When you buy soy sauce, it’s dark and purely salty. What is it in Dim Sum soy sauce where the color is a light brown and it tastes sweet? I tried putting sugar in store-bought soy sauce, but the color is still dark and it tastes awful.

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Answer by meli SGV southside
try adding some water and brown sugar (or regular) and boil it to thicken it down a little.

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3 thoughts on “What is in the soy sauce in dim sum restaurants that makes it so sweet?”

  1. It is not just soy sauce with sugar in it. It has other ingredients mixed in with it. It’s really easy to make. I posted a recipe you can use:

    * 1/2 cup soy sauce
    * 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
    * 2 tablespoons honey
    * 3 cloves minced garlic
    * 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
    * 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
    * 2 teaspoons sesame oil

    Whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger, sesame seeds, sesame oil in a bowl.

  2. There are many different types of soy sauce. Light, sweet, dark, etc.

    I think n8smom96 is right, it is probably a mix of ingredients. But you can buy a sweet soy sauce from chinese supermarkets. It is usually just labeled ‘sweet’ or sometimes ‘dark soy sauce’, and it has a rich, treacly flavour. Not sure if this is what you require but it is useful in many oriental recipes.

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