soy sauce

variants: or less commonly soy or chiefly British soya sauce

Definition of soy sauce

: a brown, salty liquid that is made by subjecting soybeans and roasted grain (such as wheat) to long fermentation in brine and is used especially in Asian cooking and as a condiment At its most basic, soy sauce is a fermented liquid made from soybeans and wheat. Soybeans contribute a strong, pungent taste, while wheat lends sweetness.— Lisa McManuse My most recent kick has been Chinese. For more than a year now I've been stir-frying everything in ginger and garlic and adding soy sauce.— Andrew A. Rooney — see shoyu

First Known Use of soy sauce

1795, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of soy sauce was in 1795

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sozolic acid

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“Soy sauce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of soy sauce

: a brown sauce that is made from soybeans and used especially in Chinese and Japanese cooking

soy sauce

\ ˈsȯi- \

Kids Definition of soy sauce

: a brown sauce made from soybeans and used especially in Chinese and Japanese cooking


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