from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A salty brown liquid condiment made by fermenting soybeans and roasted wheat or barley in brine.

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  • n. A condiment sauce and ingredient made from fermented soybeans, salt, and sometimes wheat. Common in Asian cuisine.

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  • n. thin sauce made of fermented soy beans


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  • "Imported from China and Malaya, salty soy sauce was popular, though few had any idea how it was made. The professional cook Martha Bradley believed it was made from a purplish mushroom with a wrinkled surface."

    --Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 220

    January 18, 2017