How many different types of soy sauce are used in Japanese cuisine?

Rice, soy and vinegar
In Denmark, the selection of Japanese soy sauce is very small and there are several reasons for this.

In Denmark, soy sauce is used in a different way than in Japanese cuisine. In Japan, soy sauce is considered a spice.

Our knowledge of Japanese soy sauce is very limited. In Japan, the labels are written on bottles with Japanese characters. This makes it difficult to figure out which soy sauce is used in which dishes.

In Japan, there are as many soy sauces in a Japanese supermarket as the selection of cheese in a Danish supermarket, which means that it does matter which soy sauce is used when cooking Japanese food.

Japanese soy sauce is a main ingredient in Japanese cuisine it gives the Japanese flavors and aromas that characterize food served in Tokyo.

In the Traditional Japanese cooking class for beginners, you will learn how to make tasty Japanese dishes where different soy sauce is used simultaneously in some of the dishes. Authentic Japanese dishes made from scratch.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

That’s why soy sauce is a spice!


Yes, it is true. In Japan, soy sauce is considered a spice.

Before I was trained as a sushi chef, I did not know much about soy sauce. I did not know what the difference between soy sauce produced in China, Korea and Japan was.
I had one soy sauce in my kitchen that I used for all types of dishes from wok dishes for spring rolls.

Back in 2006 while becoming a Japanese Sushi Chef, I quickly found out that it does matter which soy sauce is used in dishes from the classic Japanese cuisine or for sushi.

In Japan, soy sauce is the main spice it is a way to season the food. If you use a soy sauce for tempura which is too salt, you will not be able to taste the food. It does matter which soy sauce is used for different dishes.

In Tokyo, if you visit a Japanese supermarket you will quickly discover that there are as many different soy sauce as cheese in a Danish supermarket.

At the Sushi course for beginners, you learn, among other things which soy sauce is best suited for sushi in order that you get the most value for your money and at the dinner table.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

What soy sauce is used in classic Japanese dishes?


In traditional Japanese cuisine, not only soy sauce is used for Japanese dishes.

In Japan, soy sauce is considered a spice; it is a way to season the food. There are as many different soy sauces in a Japanese supermarket as cheese in a Danish supermarket.
Therefore, it does not matter which soy sauce is used for which dishes.

Most people eat sushi to a greater or lesser extent.
If you use a completely classic soy sauce or one soy sauce which is not suitable for e.g. sushi, it will ruin approx. 40% of the taste experience. That’s a lot.

Therefore, the choice of soy sauce plays an equally important role as the choice of fish for sushi. It’s like night and day.

In the Traditional Japanese food course for beginners, you will get to know several different types of soy sauce. You also learn that dossiers and add the different dishes, the right amount of soy sauce. So that the dishes get, the unique flavors and aromas that characterize the dishes that are served in restaurants in Japan.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

How popular is Teriyaki sauce in Japan?


Teriyaki sauce is very popular in Japan.
It is a classic sauce that is part of the classic Japanese cuisine. There are several different types of teriyaki sauce.

I prefer to make teriyaki sauce as it tastes better and goes best with the ingredients used in the dish.

In Japan, teriyaki sauce is used in several ways along with various meat dishes in the classic Japanese cuisine. It is a Japanese sauce which has a slightly different function than a classic béarnaise sauce in Europe.

It is a classic Japanese sauce which also suits the European taste buds and which more and more people knows about.

In Traditional Japanese food course for beginners, you will learn how to make teriyaki sauce from scratch. This sauce you can use for several different dishes.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

What is the Japanese view of soy sauce?

White soya sauce plate with sushi
The Japanese have a slightly different view of soy sauce.
In Japan, soy sauce is considered a spice, it is a way to taste the food. In Japan, there are as many different kinds of soy sauce just as many as cheese in a Danish supermarket.

Not only that. It is quite common in traditional Japanese cuisine to use several different soy sauces in the same dish. This is because soy sauce is produced and matured in different ways everything it is used for.

It does matter which soy sauce is used for sushi or for traditional Japanese noodle soup. These are 2 very different dishes, where it is important to choose a soy sauce which gives the dish an extra spice without compromising the good taste.

In the Sushi course for beginners, you will learn which soy sauce is best suited for sushi.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

How long can soy sauce last?


Soy sauce is fermented soybeans.

In Japan, there are as many different types of soy sauce as there is cheese in a Danish supermarket.
Yep, that’s true.

There are different types of soy sauces for the many styles in Japanese cuisine. For sushi, a specific Japanese soy sauce is used, a soy sauce that is not used for Japanese noodle soups.

Of course, all bottles have a recommended expiration date for when soy sauce expires. Soy sauce is fermented soy beans, which has a very long shelf life. Soy sauce can of course last after the expiration date. You can always taste it if in doubt.

I store soy sauce outside the fridge too even though the bottle is open, I have always done that. So do Japanese sushi restaurants in Tokyo.

In the Sushi course for beginners, I talk more about which soy sauce is best suited for sushi.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Why is soy sauce served for sushi?

There is a definite reason why soy sauce is served for sushi.

In Japan, soy sauce is considered a spice. It’s a way to taste the sushi pieces. It is used in much the same way as we use spices in Europe.

However, there is a difference.
It is not equally valid what type of soy sauce is used for sushi or other Japanese dishes.

Some dishes are delicious and mild like sushi while others are stronger have a stronger flavor such as hotpot.
It is important that you use a soy sauce that goes well with sushi, so that the sushi pieces do not suddenly become too salty to eat. It can ruin the dining experience.

At the Sushi Course for Beginners, you will learn how to use as Japanese sushi chefs in Tokyo use.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Which soy sauce is best for sushi?

Not all types of soy sauce are suitable for sushi.
In Japan, soy sauce is considered a spice.  It is a way to taste the food. In Japan, there are as many soy sauces as there is cheese in a European supermarket.

In Denmark there are several different kinds of sushi. Some sushi restaurants are Nordic-inspired and others go other ways, making their very own interpretation of what good sushi is.

In Japan, soy sauce that is matched to the food is used, a soy sauce that is not too salty. Japanese sushi is fine and delicate eating, where it is important to use a soy sauce that is not too strong.

Danish sushi restaurants use different soy sauce since restaurants have their very own menu.

In the Sushi course for beginners, you will learn which soy sauce is best suited for all types of sushi.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Is teriyaki sauce Japanese?


Teriyaki sauce is a Japanese sauce.
It is a Japanese soy sauce that is both sweet and salty in taste.

Teriyaki sauce is very popular in Europe, its sweetness makes it a coveted accompaniment to many different dishes and, it can be highly addictive.

In Japan, chefs have a slightly different approach to teriyaki sauce. It is at least as popular as in Europe. In Japan, it is used only for a selection of Japanese dishes. Japanese chefs are very conscious about the fact that the sauce does not suit all types of ingredients and that it should not drown out the dish.

There are many different varieties of teriyaki sauce available. Of course, Japanese chefs make the teriyaki sauce from scratch, so it has unique aromas and flavors that characterize Japanese teriyaki.
It tastes 10 times better than the versions that can be bought in bottles. The homemade teriyaki sauce tastes so good that it can be eaten with a spoon.

You Traditional Japanese food course for beginners you learn how to make teriyaki sauce from scratch as it tastes in Japan.

Read more about Traditional Japanese cooking class for beginners

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

What soy sauce do exclusive sushi restaurants in Tokyo use?


Exclusive Japanese sushi restaurants in Tokyo differ from other restaurants. In Europe many people use Michelin guide as a yardstick which is not the case in Japan.

In Japan, many exceptional restaurants never be published in the Michelin Guide. These gourmet sushi resturant use af different type and unique soy sauce.

The restaurant will often use a homemade soy sauce where the recipe is secret. It may be a soy sauce developed by the sushi chefs but it can also be a recipe that has been passed down through generations. It is different from restaurant to restaurant.

Read more about the Sushi course for beginners

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Zoë has held sushi courses and cooking classes for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.