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I'm a huge fan of chinese food so I always have a bottle of soy sauce in my cupboard. I used to buy Amoy's dark soy sauce but after deciding to reduce my salt intake I switched to this about a year ago.
I normally buy it from Tesco at 78p for a 150ml bottle. This is actually a little bit cheaper than the dark soy sauce which is 95p for the same amount. I would still buy the reduced salt option even if it were more expensive but the price in a nice little extra incentive!
It is undoubtedly healthier than dark soy sauce, with 25% less salt, and we now know that too much salt is bad for you. We should have around a teaspoon a day but most people easily get this and much from their normal diet. Too much can lead to high blood pressure and heart and artery conditions so every little way to cut it down is a plus for me!
The sauce has the same consistency and smell as dark soy sauce but the taste is a little different. I can't quite put my finger on exactly what it is that changes but it takes a little getting used to, and there is a bit of an aftertaste at first. I find that I can hardly notice the difference if the sauce is heated, such as in a stir fry, but if I eat it cold, such as with sushi dipped into it, the difference is more noticeable.
However, if you only ever eat the reduced salt version, after a while you stop noticing the difference and it tastes fine. Then, if you go back to the dark stuff it'll taste odd!
I recommend this sauce to anyone who consumes a lot of chinese food and is concerned about their salt intake. Or anyone who isn't too fussy about which type of soy sauce they use.
I brought this reduced salt Amoy Soy Sauce by accident and wish I hadn't because the taste isn't as good or rich as the proper Soy Sauce. The only difference in the bottle is that this one has got a green strip on the bottle, they should make it a bit more obvious I reckon because I bet loads of people have done the same as me!
You can taste that there's less salt in it and the flavour is deffo not as rich, it's stupid because you have to put more on so I don't think you're actually getting much less salt than if you had the normal stuff! lol
I had mine on some beef and noodles and deffo don't think the Soy sauce brought the flavours of the meal out like it should, I think it's got a mega bland taste and also lacks the spicey flavour that is important for ANY Soy sauce to have.
Today I did a stir fry for tea and even though I poured some of this Soy sauce in as usual I couldn't taste that it had been added when I come to eat it. I honestly think it's stupid bringing out a reduced salt Soy sauce because for me it's the salt in it that makes it so nice to add to Chinese food.
There's 25% less salt in it than the normal Amoy Soy Sauce, personally I don't think that's worth it and thinking about it there's still going to be shedloads of salt in it so people who have been told they have to reduce their salt still probably won't be able to eat it so it kinda defeats the object! lol
I paid 85p for this 150ml bottle and it's money wasted because next time we go shopping we've got to buy a proper bottle, my dad actually refuses to use this one because he said he might as well not bother if he can't have the rich salty flavour of PROPER Soy sauce!
When it comes to Chinese food I really am a fan of the stuff and to me not having soy sauce to hand is simply a disgrace as I love it!
In my house we do usually have Amoy soy sauce in the cupboard however recently I was sent out to get some and bought this as we had run out unexpected. Getting this one was a bit of a mistake to be honest with you as I never knew there was a reduced salt version of this soy sauce...not that it mattered of course and actually when I gave it to the family they never even noticed anyway!
150ml glass see-through bottle with a black plastic flip-top lid to the top of it concealing a small hole. Around the bottle it has a black label and on the front of that I'm told it is Amoy 'Est 1908' Reduced Salt Soy Sauce 'The fuller flavour of Amoy sauce with 25% less salt than Amoy dark soy sauce'. Other information towards the back of the label includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients and allergy advice is given (Contains: Gluten, wheat, soya), there is a full nutritional chart shown and I'm told it is suitable for Vegetarians, the size is stated and contact details for HP Foods are given (the manufacturer of Amoy products) is listed. Nice enough, slim bottle that is informative enough.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Stated On The Bottle:
Established in 1908 in the ancient Chinese town of Amoy, we have since been perfecting the right blend of herbs and spices to create great tasting recipes.
Well as usual with all soy sauce's this is made from soya beans, salt, sugar and a hefty amount of colourings to give it that rich caramel colour that we all recognise with soy sauces.
It is of course a very runny dark (almost black), brown, very wet liquid that has a rich fermented sort of smell to it and tastes of highly seasoned soya beans!
It is rich in flavour and slightly sour and tangy and although Amoy have removed some salt to the usual recipe it really does have a hefty amount of salt flavouring within it and I can't notice any difference in taste between this and the regular Amoy soy sauces at all.
You can use this of course in cooking (I.E Stir Fries), tip it over meals, use it to baste/marinade meats, fish, vegetables and meat substitutes and use it to experiment making dips with and all-sorts. I would rather buy this version of a lower salt soy sauce than a heavier one and this really doesn't lack flavour and/or kick at all. Very nice, great quality and it's versatlie and tasty............give it a go!
Nutritional Information Per 5ml Serving:
Energy: 3 Kcal
of which sugars: 0.5g
of which saturates: Trace
salt equivalent: 0.6g
Available in all good supermarkets and expect to pay about 89p a bottle for this. (I grabbed mine in my local Sainsbury's store).