Soy sauce

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The Savory Sauce That Goes Way Beyond Sushi
There's a reason chefs stir soy sauce into more non-Asian dishes than you'd expect (we've seen it in everything from steak marinades to pulled pork). A few drops of fermented soybeans deepen flavors and give a boost of savoriness in addition to saltiness. Add a small shake to salads (Asian or not) or noodle dishes, use it as a dip for steamed vegetables or stir it into curried chicken salad. It's even great in chili. One more unexpected use: Mix some soy sauce with cream cheese and toasted sesame seeds for a surprisingly delicious spread for crackers or bread.