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A Celebration of Soy Sauce

Soy sauce is essential in many culinary traditions—and no two styles are the same.

By Published Jan. 26, 2023

What You Need To Know

Soy sauce originated 2,000 years ago in ancient China, where it was created to stretch salt, an expensive commodity at the time. After making its way to Japan in the seventh century, it eventually spread throughout East and Southeast Asia and across the globe. 

From the funky and papaya-like flavors of see ew khao in Thai cuisine to the earthy and sharp toyo common in Filipino f...