shoyu

noun
sho·​yu | \ ˈshō-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce shoyu (audio) \
plural shoyus

Definition of shoyu

: soy sauce Processing of soybeans into food products means the production of traditional food items such as tofu, miso, and shoyuAssociation of American Geographers If shoyu (soy sauce) is of good quality, a drop in a glass of cold water should hold its shape.— Kenneth Wapner especially : a Japanese-style soy sauce having wheat as a primary ingredient Known as shoyu, Japanese soy sauce is less salty and somewhat sweeter than the Chinese version, because it contains more wheat. The Encyclopedia Of Herbs, Spices, & Flavorings Noda is the last stage of my journey to trace the origins of soy sauce in Japan and, more especially, to search for the emperor's soy sauce—the quintessential shoyu. — Jennifer Brennan

Examples of shoyu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Topping it off is a dressing (sweet shoyu, eel sauce, spicy mayonnaise, balsamic vinaigrette, miso wasabi, yum yum sauce, ginger dressing and teriyaki sauce). John Benson, cleveland, 7 July 2022 Ganko Ittetsu Ramen Dishes like the soy sauce flavored Gantetsu shoyu (pictured) are made with attentive care at Ganko Ittetsu Ramen. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Jan. 2022 Bakesale Betty or the Meyer lemon shoyu ramen at Ramen Shop, became essential dishes of the region. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021 The normally Italian Modena is serving an appetizer special of tuna crudo with Sakura shoyu, black cherry miso and cherry blossom gelee along with the cocktail Fiore di Kyoto with Suntory Toki whisky, black cherry miso and nigori Junmai sake. Laurie Werner, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2021 The set includes 16 pieces of nigiri and a hand roll-making kit, plus custom wooden chopsticks and house-aged shoyu. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Feb. 2021 There’s a familiar shoyu ramen — skinny, crinkled noodles with their distinctive alkaline scent in a salty dashi and soy broth. Dominic Armato, azcentral, 11 May 2020 Republic will serve miso, shoyu, tonkotsu and Republic ramen, while Yatai will serve tonkotsu ramen alongside gyoza, teriyaki chicken and curry rice. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, 18 Feb. 2020 Everyone gathered to stuff the rice into tofu skins simmered with sugar and shoyu for inari-zushi. Hannah Kirshner, New York Times, 24 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of shoyu

1727, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shoyu

Japanese shōyu

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“Shoyu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shoyu. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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