how are dark and light soy sauce different
January 25, 2004 4:08 PM Subscribe
What's the real difference between dark soy sauce and light soy sauce? Fish sauce? If a recipe calls for light (or dark) soy sauce, can one substitute fish sauce? Does fish sauce go bad? Should it be refrigerated, or is it okay to leave it on the shelf for years (which is how long it takes me to use a full bottle)?
posted by jdroth to food & drink (16 answers total)
Also, if it's not okay to substitute one sauce for another, is there a way to approximate one? For example, our supermarket (in a small town) has an ample supply of food ol' Kikkoman soy sauce, which I assume is dark soy sauce. Is there a way to make it approximate light soy sauce?
I love Asian cooking, but sometimes I'm lost about what I can substitute, and my cookbooks just aren't any help.