You Should Absolutely Never Put Soy Sauce on Fried Rice

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If you're a fan of sushi or have eaten in a Chinese or Japanese restaurant, you're familiar with soy sauce. The brown, salty condiment that tastes good on everything from your dragon roll to a hibachi plate is created by fermenting soybeans. The result is a savory, umami flavor that's hard to beat.
Although it's deliciously versatile, soy sauce sometimes gets a bad rap for its sodium content, but low-sodium versions of this condiment are available if needed. Looking through the grocery shelves, you may have noticed there are several types of soy sauce, including the standard soy sauce, light, and dark soy sauce. Each version has a different sodium content, with dark containing the most sodium at 9.3 percent and light containing 7.2 percent.
Some chefs claim that soy sauce is the secret ingredient they use in place of salt in many of their favorite recipes, such as scrambled eggs, barbecue marinades, and smoked meats. So, why shouldn't you add soy sauce to fried rice?
Besides the added sodium, according to Delish, adding soy sauce to fried rice in a Chinese restaurant is actually considered offensive to the chef. Professional chefs have been trained to create a perfectly-seasoned dish. So, when diners add salt, or in this case, soy sauce, it's seen as an insult to their work.
Normally, a simple rule of etiquette is to avoid asking for salt if none is provided for you on the table. However, soy sauce is almost always on the table at Chinese and Japanese restaurants. And in the case of fried rice, the soy sauce might already be cooked into it. So, use your judgment and taste the fried rice before deciding if it needs more soy sauce. Sometimes, adding soy sauce can feel automatic since it's there on the table, but a quick taste will confirm if more is needed or not.
"Soy sauce. Subtle. Sophisticated. The essence of Asian cuisine."
The daily recommended sodium intake for adults is 2,300 milligrams. One cup of fried rice averages 800 milligrams of sodium, before any extra soy sauce. Each tablespoon of standard soy sauce contains 900 milligrams of sodium. Using these numbers, if you were to eat two cups of fried rice and add one tablespoon of soy sauce, you'd consume 2,500 milligrams of sodium.
Too much salt in a diet can lead to a host of health problems, including high blood pressure and even stroke. But high sodium and bad etiquette aren't the only reasons to avoid adding soy sauce to your bowl of fried rice. You may also be surprised to hear that soy sauce is usually not gluten-free. Unless you specifically choose a gluten-free soy sauce, the majority of soy sauces on the market are made by combining soy and wheat, meaning they are not gluten-free. If you want to avoid gluten, look for soy sauces that use rice in lieu of wheat.
There are also recipes out there for vegans who love fried rice, but they may incorporate soy sauce. Over the years, there's been a debate about the suitability of soy sauce for vegetarians and vegans. According to Spoon University, years ago, soy sauce maker Kikkoman got in hot water over animal testing. Kikkoman ended the practice in 2015 and stated the following in a post on the company Facebook page:
"When alternative testing methods are not possible, we strictly follow animal welfare laws and official guidelines established in Japan."
Spoon University adds that most soy sauces are indeed vegan. Not surprisingly, however, some vegans are still wary of soy sauce. Everything Vegan advises consumers to check with the manufacturer or make their own soy sauce if they want to truly steer clear of animal products.
However, Thrive Cuisine says there are no animal products in soy sauce, including during the manufacturing process. Some have questioned the addition of lactic acid during fermentation, but Thrive Cuisine assures vegan consumers that lactic acid is just bacteria and just as vegan as yeast. And there's no dairy in soy sauce. Still worried? You have options.
If you adore the taste of soy sauce on homemade fried rice but are looking for a way to avoid gluten or possible animal ingredients, there are soy sauces on the market that are clearly labeled as gluten-free and/or vegan. But you still run into the problem of extremely high salt content. Another alternative is to try coconut aminos. Made from fermented coconut palm, coconut aminos has less than a third of the sodium contained in regular soy sauce and is lighter than light soy sauce. It also provides a gluten-free and vegan alternative.
If you don't have allergies, and you're just looking for that elusive umami flavor and don't care where the flavor comes from, MasterClass suggests roasting your vegetables, adding mushrooms or fish sauce, or topping a dish with roasted seaweed. They'll all deliver that salty, savory fifth taste that you're craving.
#SoySauce #FriedRice #Rice
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  • Adding soy sauce or seasonings to the food after receiving it isn't an insult, it's a death sentence. If the food isn't perfectly cooked (seasoning and all) when the Emperor and his guests eat it, the chef is killed.

    Sput Sput Skee SkeeSput Sput Skee Skee10 ժամ առաջ
  • Maybe they shouldn't be in the restaurant business of that is the case.

    George PrchalGeorge Prchal3 օր առաջ
  • Correct! Squid brand fish sauce is FAR better!

    Truth Troubadour1001Truth Troubadour10014 օր առաջ
  • I cook nasi goreng (fried rice) and eat that regularly! By regularly i mean i eat that at least once in every 2 days! All of them use soy sauce and in some places I'm also urge them to use a lot more soy sauce, also if it's still taste nothing I'm gonna put soy sauce and at the next visit protest the cook, as simple as that. Now you tell me not to use the main ingredients of fried rice?

    Patrick GaniPatrick Gani9 օր առաջ
  • Video: You should never put soy sauce on your fried rice. Me: Hmm, I could go for some fried rice with soy sauce right now. 😛

    Ro GRo G13 օր առաջ
  • Soy sauce the POINT

    Angelica FigueroaAngelica Figueroa13 օր առաջ
  • why the word absolutely then, it always depends on the diners preference

    Joel CabreraJoel Cabrera15 օր առաջ
  • I eat soy sauce with everything. I can shower in it 😂

    Kimmy BeautyKimmy Beauty15 օր առաջ
  • Stupid

    Jai SinanJai Sinan15 օր առաջ
  • This is very stupid... But at the end, I would be more worried about salt on any dish. Soy sauce is ok.

    Luis Alberto Pérez NájeraLuis Alberto Pérez Nájera16 օր առաջ
  • Instant dislike

    Luther BinsLuther Bins17 օր առաջ
  • are an idiot. What is your next video....why you should never put rice in sushi? If only people weren't such complete morons to make videos like this possible.

    Ryan WaldronRyan Waldron17 օր առաջ
  • Oh god, nice click bait.......😒😕😋

    Otto MatiXOtto MatiX17 օր առաջ
  • Is this the same as adding ketchup to steak?

    ziljinziljin17 օր առաջ
  • chinese disagree with u, ur videos have no basis anymore, full of shit, do some reserach first. also y u show biryani

    AL GonsalvesAL Gonsalves17 օր առաջ
  • Low sodium always in my kitchen. Coconut aminos cost too much.

    MrJPPIZZAMrJPPIZZA18 օր առաջ
  • This video is an insult to Asians.

    Danang PutratiarnoDanang Putratiarno18 օր առաջ
  • Well, I'll listen to Jet Tila... thanks though 🙄

    Julia SmithJulia Smith19 օր առաջ
  • fish sauce is funky as bad feet, but taste so good 😋

  • 🦆sauce

    ThaSavior WilsonThaSavior Wilson19 օր առաջ
  • Why would you put more soy sauce on fried rice? There’s already soy sauce in fried rice.

    Betsy SandersBetsy Sanders19 օր առաջ
  • Just this past weekend I used some premium dark soy sauce on my country style pork ribs, after they came off the grill and then finished them in the oven. This and a little apple cider vinegar after smoking them, no BBQ sauce was needed, they were most excellent

    porkbelly0713porkbelly071319 օր առաջ
  • Noted.

    bensebastianbensebastian19 օր առաջ
  • Either she has no idea how to cook real Asian dish, or she never had taste some good real soy sauce (not the crappy fake stuff in western supermarket). There are fry rice recipe specifically require soy sauce as main ingredient.

    Ming Hsiu ChuaMing Hsiu Chua20 օր առաջ
  • Where's Uncle Roger? Why is he not here yet?

    DarkZerolDarkZerol20 օր առաջ
  • *says soy sauce has too much sodium* *recommends fish sauce which is also loaded with sodium*

    FlagArmada ProductionsFlagArmada Productions20 օր առաջ
  • Lmao shut up

    T PT P20 օր առաջ
  • soy sauce on ANY type of chinese rice dish is an absolute MUST. just like horseradish on prime rib. just like mustard on a hot dog. etc etc.

    Grant GallowayGrant Galloway20 օր առաջ
  • I am filipino. We eat rice at least 3 times a day everyday, and put soy sauce in almost all of our dishes. We dont care if you put soy sauce on fried rice.

    Michel Etienne SartreMichel Etienne Sartre20 օր առաջ
  • The only chef who care if you put soy sauce in your fried rice is the snooty kind who think that their food is the best

    thehunterx1973thehunterx197320 օր առաջ
  • I came here expecting some scary health stuff.

    Okello DolaOkello Dola21 օր առաջ
  • Im asian and i always put kecap(sweet soy sauce) on my fried rice...

    AqbarAqbar21 օր առաջ
    • @Ali Cat thanks

      AqbarAqbar19 օր առաջ
    • Love your avatar. Very cool 👍

      Ali CatAli Cat20 օր առաջ
  • My Japanese grandparents always got on me whenever I added soy sauce to rice etc. Lol!

    Hondasan 65Hondasan 6521 օր առաջ
  • Uh huh..... like asking 4 unsalted fries through the damn drive thru!!🤯🤦🏾‍♀️

    V HV H21 օր առաջ
    • I do....they are always too salty, plus they are always fresh!

      Truth Troubadour1001Truth Troubadour10014 օր առաջ
  • Meanwhile, white folks have no issues adding a full Tablespoon of kosher salt in a single cup of soup. 🙄

    Applicant InquiryApplicant Inquiry21 օր առաջ
  • can do whatever you want !!!!!

    Toni MacTavishToni MacTavish21 օր առաջ
  • This comment is here because you’ve put soy sauce on rice.

    Colonel BananaColonel Banana21 օր առաջ
  • Ummm sorry but I grew up with soy sauce with fried rice. I don't douse it on🙄

    MoanaLee Jasmine NavarroMoanaLee Jasmine Navarro21 օր առաջ
  • Pull out those bowls of air bois.

    venom74799venom7479921 օր առաջ
  • You Should Absolutely Never Put Extra Soy Sauce on Fried Rice By Yourself. This would be an ideal name. I am OK with soy sauce in my Fried Rice.

    Shijun 丁时骏 DingShijun 丁时骏 Ding21 օր առաջ
  • Just don't tip the Chef. Now that's a insult they will really understand.

    magnumfour88magnumfour8821 օր առաջ
  • The cooks don’t care, this is a individual taste issue

    Mark MandoMark Mando21 օր առաջ
  • This video is pure trash

    StellaStella21 օր առաջ
  • i put it on my rice today lmao

    linnea hates ratslinnea hates rats21 օր առաջ
  • if adding soy sauce is so taboo, and an insult to the chef, why is a bottle of it always on the table?

    CheshirekatCheshirekat21 օր առաջ
  • That’s complete bull. Stop making these pretending-you-know-what-you-are-talking-about videos!

    Hibashira SakaiHibashira Sakai21 օր առաջ
  • Raised my blood pressure so much that I had a minor stroke!

    Tonation50Tonation5021 օր առաջ
    • Ali Cat too much salt from foods even if I didn't shake it.

      Tonation50Tonation5020 օր առաջ
    • This video or too much salt?

      Ali CatAli Cat20 օր առաջ
  • Geez, what's with all these issues about wanting to avoid gluten? There's a difference between "wanting" to avoid gluten and "needing" to avoid gluten because you are allergic to gluten which very few people actually are.

    ofngolofngol21 օր առաջ
  • I've seen soy sauce be put into fried rice while on the streets of China, stupid video.

    BlakeBlake21 օր առաջ
  • The number of people who likes g This comment is the amount of people whos never heard of vegan fried rice. 👇

    o oo o21 օր առաջ
  • People who are eating fried rice are not trying to be healthy, "vegan", and "gluten free"

    o oo o21 օր առաջ
  • You should 'absolutely never' reheat fried rice. Putting soy sauce on it is down to personal preference; the spurous excuses in the video might make you think before you do it, but you still can.

    Adam WeaverAdam Weaver21 օր առաջ
  • As a chef if y’all don’t realize fried rice is literally day old rice cooked on a flat top with soy sauce y’all are morons

    Michael SalernoMichael Salerno21 օր առաջ
  • Who are you to tell what a consumer should or should not do? I do it all the time and I'm Asian.

    resolute123resolute12321 օր առաջ
  • MSG better!

    Eric MendenhallEric Mendenhall21 օր առաջ
  • Indonesian that has been eating sweet soy sauce fried rice for centuries.... SIKE THATS WHAT MAKES INDONESIAN FRIED RICE INDONESIAN LOL

    Boiled By_lemongrassBoiled By_lemongrass21 օր առաջ
  • What the hell do you guys put in your fried rice while cooking????

    MyMumeiMyMumei21 օր առաջ
  • "The chef's feelings" can kiss my bologna.

    Christian SullivanChristian Sullivan21 օր առաջ
    • Bologna *snickers*

      Ali CatAli Cat20 օր առաջ
  • I never heard that adding soy sauce was offensive to the chef [for overseas postings, training on good etiquette was mandatory]; however, we were strongly warned about adding seasoning to Mid-East meals, as that was a serious insult to the host, and even more so to the chef: but, I remember loud and persistent objections due to the sodium content in Asian cuisine.

    Lar In VermontLar In Vermont22 օր առաջ
  • Uncle Roger I summon you!!!🤣🤣

    Kazuhiro YuukiKazuhiro Yuuki22 օր առաջ
  • Lol people use Soy Sauce on their Fried Rice cus the Western Chinese version is bland. Get it from an authentic place and it should be seasoned perfectly with Soy Sauce or salts already.

    NEON KUENEON KUE22 օր առաջ
  • あほ。

    James TownJames Town22 օր առաջ
  • There is soy sauce with 30% less sodium, it ain't bad.

    The T-ManThe T-Man22 օր առաջ
  • This woman has no idea what she’s talking about

    Dutty BassDutty Bass22 օր առաջ
    • Westerners... They're the REAL DICTATORS!!!

      Kevin TroyKevin Troy19 օր առաջ
    • I doubt she even makes the stories. Probably just reads them.

      Eric MendenhallEric Mendenhall21 օր առաջ
  • Well, Uncle Roger better look at this next.

    Nicholas ChenNicholas Chen22 օր առաջ
  • Stfu

    Jon CJon C22 օր առաջ
  • oh no... anyways..

    Im a bushIm a bush22 օր առաջ
  • Laugh in Indonesian

    Adrien NashAdrien Nash22 օր առաջ

    I-YELL- A-LOTI-YELL- A-LOT22 օր առաջ
  • I’m Chinese and I always put soy sauce in my fried rice

    Alex WangAlex Wang22 օր առաջ
  • if I'm paying the bill, don't care about the chef's feelings

    Alex RekzuAlex Rekzu22 օր առաջ
  • LIES!! There better be soy sauce on my rice.

    Corey ChristianCorey Christian22 օր առաջ
  • Soy going on my house special fried rice and chop suey

    Jerry EskridgeJerry Eskridge22 օր առաջ
  • We have been using the low sodium version of soy sauce for over 10 years. I can’t tell the difference.

    Rhonna MarsdenRhonna Marsden22 օր առաջ
  • I'm confused 🤔. How is it that Asian people live longer than Americans and they season with soy sauce?

    YolandaisYolanda bored asfYolandaisYolanda bored asf22 օր առաջ
  • GTFOOH with this shit. The chef doesn't give a shit what you do with your food, as long as you pay for it. 🤦🏻‍♂️

    HomelandSecureHomelandSecure22 օր առաջ
  • Don't tell me how to live

    Mollie SaundersMollie Saunders22 օր առաջ
  • Young chow fried soy sauce...just a little salt.

    Gerald BrienzaGerald Brienza22 օր առաջ
  • I really hate them dunking the sushi into the soy sauce and splashing it everywhere. If you put your sushi into the soy sauce that vigorously you don't deserve to appreciate sushi. But I guess if your sushi NEEDS soy sauce, you're not buying good sushi.

    Brendon BBrendon B22 օր առաջ
  • 🧐

    Supreme Lotto7Supreme Lotto722 օր առաջ
  • Love me some soy sauce 😋

    Mark MDMark MD22 օր առաջ
  • 🤦‍♂️

    Luqui FernandezLuqui Fernandez22 օր առաջ
  • Vegans and soyboy whimps can eat grass SOY SAUCE RULES! weak ass generation..

    Gunslinger1875Gunslinger187522 օր առաջ
  • Stop using pan to cook rice and dont let me start with colander as well as not washing the rice first.

    Hariz HashimHariz Hashim22 օր առաջ
  • Putting soy sauce on fried rice is a crime?

    Armora ArArmora Ar22 օր առաջ
    • I believe some would consider it rude and disrespectful to the chef

      Ali CatAli Cat20 օր առաջ
  • If I’m paying for the meal, then my preference comes first 🙂

    Comment HighlightedComment Highlighted22 օր առաջ
  • Let them cry then. If the chef gets pissed not my problem

    Dianna RDianna R22 օր առաջ
  • I think your running out of ideas

    John WickJohn Wick22 օր առաջ
  • Wait I thought this was about using soy sauce in cooking. Do people put more when the dish is served?

    powerplayer75powerplayer7522 օր առաջ
  • kikoman is lousy soy sauce! LaChoy is the best

    James RearickJames Rearick22 օր առաջ
  • Shut yo white no seasoning on your meat ass up.

    Mr. JMr. J22 օր առաջ
  • Enjoy your food and forget what these people say.

    Movie NerdMovie Nerd22 օր առաջ
  • I hate soy sauce. I’m chinese.

    Evan Young MusicEvan Young Music22 օր առաջ
  • Stop thinking like jamie oliver when make a fried rice

    I Made BayuI Made Bayu22 օր առաջ

    elcucuy feoelcucuy feo22 օր առաջ
  • Too late lol

    Goldie The MackGoldie The Mack22 օր առաջ
  • I like plum sauce rather than soy sauce.

    Phillip ArismendezPhillip Arismendez22 օր առաջ
  • This is a very lazy, trashy channel.

    Chris JamesChris James22 օր առաջ
  • I can guarantee the chef at my local Chinese restaurant could care less about me putting soy sauce on the rice considering they throw about 200 plus packets in when I order to go.

    SNBoomerSNBoomer22 օր առաջ
    • As long as you pay for it they don’t care what you do with it.

      Queen BeeQueen Bee9 օր առաջ
    • Facts. 💯

      Ro GRo G13 օր առաջ
    • @porkbelly0713 Oh. Ok well someday I'll have to try whatever you judge to be real. Until then, soy sauce packets for everyone! ^-^

      SNBoomerSNBoomer19 օր առաջ
    • that is not soy sauce, it is an imitation hydrolizysed product not worth putting on any Chinese dish

      porkbelly0713porkbelly071319 օր առաջ
  • Eh, I've tasted it without soy sauce and I prefer to have it on. The fried rice has a "naked" taste without the soy sauce.

    BlackgableBlackgable22 օր առաջ