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I watch a lot of food programs and the chefs would advocate using soy sauce instead of salt for making a dish salty. The question is what makes soy sauce salty? Does it actually contain salt?

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closed as not a real question by Jay, Mien, Jefromi Apr 12 '13 at 23:04

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Isn't this pretty definitively answered by looking at the ingredients, i.e. a general reference question? I don't really see this as being about cooking. – Aaronut Sep 1 '12 at 16:54
SALT! Holy cow. – Blessed Geek Sep 5 '12 at 3:27
This may not be an advanced question, but why is it being voted to be closed? Perhaps the asker doesn't understand what soy sauce is or how it is produced. – SAJ14SAJ Apr 12 '13 at 22:00
@SAJ14SAJ I went ahead and finished it off because it is essentially rhetorical, which is one of the "not a real question" subpoints - all you have to do is look on the bottle, or look it up if you don't have one. It's essentially equivalent to asking "what is soy sauce?" (Also, Divi actually flagged it as not constructive, which I regarded as permission to get rid of it.) – Jefromi Apr 12 '13 at 23:05
up vote 7 down vote accepted

Yes, salt is one of the primary ingredients of soy sauce, along with soybeans, wheat, and water. It's used as an ingredient or condiment to add saltiness, just like plain salt generally is in Western cuisines. (Soy sauce additionally adds umami flavor.)

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