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pamilyn's picture

Does Wah Kee have Kaffir lime leaves? Do they have Kecap manis? Also, when I am looking for naturally brewed soy sauce, what do I look for? There are so many different kinds at that store and I don't think any of the labels are in English. HELP?? TIA, Pamilyn

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elizaram's picture

(post #31648, reply #1 of 5)

Do you mean Yue Wah? Yes, they have lime leaves (in the produce section, near the lemongrass, vacuum packed in plastic) and they also do have kecap manis. Look for the signs over the aisles - products are shelved by country of origin, and kecap manis is likely to be in the "Indonesian" section.


Dunno the answer to the naturally brewed question, but I believe it was covered in a recent FC. I'll see if I can find the article.


I've found the staff at Yue Wah (especially the owner and her son) to be extremely helpful. Just ask, and they'll point you in the right direction. They are quite used to us clueless whiteys wandering in looking for specialty ingredients. :-)



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elizaram's picture

(post #31648, reply #2 of 5)

Okay, here we go. It's FC#70, March 2005.


"If the ingredient list says soybeans, wheat, water, and salt, you're probably getting a naturally brewed soy sauce (a.k.a. shoyu) that's been aged for six months or longer in steel or plastic tanks or traditional wooden vats. Good stuff....


"If there's caramel color, hydrolyzed soy or vegetable protein, and corn syrup on the ingredient list, chances are you're looking at a synthetic, or non-brewed, soy sauce.


"If the label lists soybeans, water, and salt - but not wheat - what you have is tamari, a richly flavored traditional variation of soy sauce."


The favorite in their taste test was Kikkoman, which is naturally brewed. La Choy, the mass-market brand, is nonbrewed and failed their panel miserably.


More on the lime leaves: I think that curry leaves are also in that produce section, packaged similarly. You can tell them apart in that the lime leaves are more round and a more vivid shade of green. If in doubt, ask someone. As for the kecap manis, I buy ABC brand (it's what an Indonesian friend used years ago, and I'm a creature of habit!) The label says "Kecap Manis Sedang - Medium Sweet Soy Sauce." Hope that helps.


Edited 11/4/2005 12:28 pm by elizaram



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pamilyn's picture

(post #31648, reply #3 of 5)

Thank you SO much Elizabeth. Yes I meant Yu Wah. Your such a treasure trove of info!! Thanks again, really appreciate it. Pamilyn

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DeannaS's picture

(post #31648, reply #4 of 5)

I think Elizaram has you covered. But, if you happen to have China Moon - she's got great info in there on various brands. I took the book with me and bought a bunch of the recommended stuff. I can't recall what brand of soy I bought, but I know it was totally different in taste than the la choy's of the world. (Though, having grown up with la choy, sometimes I still like it.)

I don't actually have the book. (If you ever see it used, I want it!) But, the library does.

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Adele's picture

(post #31648, reply #5 of 5)

I have an extra China Moon- has drips on it though!  LOL.  Email me your addy & it's yours.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!