Monday, December 01, 2008

How they make soy sauce

You've probably consumed it all your life but do you know how it's made?

Check out the vid below to see how microscopic moulds and huge sheets of linen are used in the production of soy sauce:


Anonymous said...

Is this how they make the chinese soy sauce we can buy at chinese supermarkets for tuppence h'penny?
I heard that that is made using artificial flavourings and colouring, all done in 6 minutes rather than 6 months...

A Chinese Person

burntbreadboy said...

I'm guessing it's all made in a similar, if not identical way. The time shouldn't be a problem if you're making vats and vats of the stuff constantly. A bit like making beer I suppose.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing you've been in the UK for too long my friend :-)
Here is a link for how soy sauce is made (broadly categorised in two main categories of natural and chemical fermentation):
There were also news reports of soy sauce being made from human hair in China last year which unfortunately are true: hydrochloric acid is used to release amino acids (a major component in soy sauce) in human hair.
Here is a link of a HK brand of soy sauce which sells for $125 a bottle:

Between using human hair soy sauce and natually fermented soy bean soy sauce, I know which one I'd rather go for!

A Chinese Person