How the Humble Soy Sauce Defines Asian Cuisine

Soy sauce is the not-so-secret secret ingredient behind some of the most popular Asian dishes

Kevin Lee
10 min readOct 24, 2020

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What do some of the most popular Asian (in the colloquial sense meaning East Asian) dishes — lo mein from China, bulgogi from Korea, shoyu ramen from Japan — have in common? They all rely on soy sauce for much of their flavor.

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Kevin Lee
Food: Deconstructed

Software engineer by day, food enthusiast by night. Co-founder of The Mini Chef (www.theminichef.com)