Greetings to all food lovers and home chefs out there! Soy sauce has been a staple in my culinary adventures for as long as I can remember.
Throughout my journey, I’ve had the pleasure (and sometimes displeasure) of experimenting with various soy sauce brands, both delightful and lackluster.
Today, I’ll be sharing my authentic experiences with a couple of soy sauce brands that did not meet my expectations.
Please note that individual preferences may vary, so while I might not recommend these brands, others could have a different opinion.
Based on taste tests and customer feedback, the soy sauce brands to avoid are Market Pantry’s saltiness and thinness and Kikkoman Organic’s odd aroma and high cost.
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Worst Soy Sauce Brands to Avoid
Without further ado, let’s delve into these least favorite soy sauce brands and why you might want to think twice before adding them to your kitchen repertoire.
I’ll be sharing my thoughts, along with feedback from other customers across different forums.
1. Market Pantry Soy Sauce
- Overwhelming saltiness compared to other brands
- Thin consistency
- Absence of depth in flavor
I had high hopes for Market Pantry Soy Sauce, anticipating a wallet-friendly option for my kitchen. Regrettably, it was a letdown.
The moment I tasted it, I was taken aback by its extreme saltiness, surpassing even regular and low-sodium soy sauce varieties.
Much like my experience with some instant noodle brands, the excessive saltiness of Market Pantry Soy Sauce was a significant drawback.
The thin consistency was another strike against it, making me feel like I was pouring mere water with a hint of soy sauce into my dishes. Consequently, I had to dilute it even more, making matters worse.
As for the flavor, it was barely there, resulting in an overall unsatisfactory taste experience. Evidently, many other customers share similar sentiments about this brand.
2. Kikkoman Organic Soy Sauce
- Unusual, headache-triggering aroma
- High cost compared to the quality
- Gentle soy sauce with a subtle taste
Now, it’s worth mentioning that Kikkoman is usually a respectable brand. However, their Organic Soy Sauce just didn’t sit well with my taste buds. Upon opening the bottle, I was immediately greeted by an odd scent potent enough to cause a headache. Needless to say, I won’t be finishing that bottle.
In addition to the peculiar odor, I found the product to be overpriced for what it offered. While the organic aspect may appeal to some, it wasn’t enough to justify the cost in my eyes.
The high cost and unusual aroma of Kikkoman Organic Soy Sauce reminded me of the issues I found with certain overpriced coconut oil brands.
As for the taste, it was rather gentle and subtle. While this might be ideal for those seeking a milder soy sauce, it failed to win me over.
Other customers have reported similar concerns with Kikkoman Organic Soy Sauce, citing the strange smell and steep price as deal-breakers.
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While I acknowledge that individual preferences vary, and what works for one person may not for another, these are the soy sauce brands to avoid based on my personal experience and feedback from others.
These brands have some redeeming qualities, such as Kikkoman Organic Soy Sauce’s mild and delicate taste, which could be perfect for certain palates.
Feel free to continue exploring different brands to find the ideal soy sauce for your culinary creations, and always share your insights with fellow food lovers. Bon appétit!
Erica Steven is the founder and lead writer of WorstBrands, a site dedicated to providing honest and trustworthy reviews about outdoor gear and fashion products.
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