Secrets Of Asian Cooking (5-6)
Dark Soy Sauce
Did you ever wonder when ordering a dish especially beef dishes, the color of the beef and sauce is so brown color? Typically when cooking beef, the color is not so appealing to the eye. Well, one of the most important things when cooking in front of family, friends or customers is how it looks. The better it looks the more appetizing it is. So, welcome Dark Soy Sauce. The purpose of this sauce is to add color to any dish specifically beef. Although it says "Soy Sauce" in the title, it has very little to do with flavor. It's essentially carmel coloring and the consistency is very thick. You may ask what brand is a good brand, well I recommend "Lee Kum Kee" brand Dark Soy Sauce. There are literally thousands to choose from and some brands are cheaply made or they actually sell it as a thick soy sauce. To the average American, we don't know and to sort out which one is legit may be time consuming and very expensive. So, take it from Chef Woo Can, "Lee Kum Kee Brand is the best. I've been using it for years. This brand is of the highest quality and only the best for our families.
How do you use it, well, while stir frying ingredients, as you add your sauce, you can add a dash of dark soy sauce. In no time, the color of the dish will start changing. It's up to you how dark you want to go and that will be through using it and experimenting. Every dish is different but after you mastered the use of dark soy sauce, you'll see a notieable difference.
P.S: Do Not Use As Soy Sauce because you'll be very disappointed. There is no noticeable soy sauce flavor. As to why they label it as dark soy sauce, I couldn't tell you.
By Chef Woo Can