Soy sauce

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Soy sauce is a fermented sauce made from soy beans, used as a condiment, or to add overall flavour while cooking.


There are many sauces based on soy. Among them:

  • Kecap manis - sweet and usually thick
(the Indonesian 'Kental' means strong (...taste) or thick, so mainly indicates whether the kecap is syrupy or not - often sweet but not necessarily)
  • Kecap asin - salty, still sweetish compared to some others


  • (Chinese) 'Dark soy sauce' is primarily salty
  • (Chinese) 'Light soy sauce' (?)


  • Japanese soy sauce (what is generally known as that, say, Kikkoman) is generally salt and sour


See also