sho·​yu ˈshō-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce shoyu (audio)
plural shoyus
: 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 Ono Seafood, Oahu This hole-in-the-wall spot in Honolulu is famous for its classic shoyu ahi and spicy ahi bowls. Ben Davidson, The Mercury News, 25 Mar. 2024 The shoyu and mushroom ramen can be made gluten-free and the mushroom ramen can also be made vegan. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 12 Mar. 2024 That may be why this dish had a brighter punch than the yellow tail sashimi, which came rolled and topped with orange slices, serrano, pickled ginger shoots, white shoyu, nori oil and cilantro. The Arizona Republic, 1 Feb. 2024 Spicy miso, shoyu, and shio paitan are all on the main menu, plus special bowls are available every Wednesday for those wishing to go off-piste. Claudia De Brito, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Nov. 2023 Beyond burgers topped with everything from dill havarti to wild mushroom gravy to pineapple and sweet shoyu. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 Try its signature shoyu (soy sauce) ramen for a complex dish made using pork, clams, and fish stock and topped with truffle sauce and porcini oil. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 29 Apr. 2023 Its shoyu ramen is filling, with a deep soy sauce flavor ($15.48). Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2023 Springy Sun Noodles steeped in shio, shoyu, tonkotsu — even vegan mushroom broth — with heady accouterments in beautifully dressed bowls priced perfectly for sake add-on and thusly, a Bib Gourmand distinction. Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 29 Mar. 2023

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Word History


Japanese shōyu

First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shoyu was in 1727

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“Shoyu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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