|Getting Sauced...||(Entered May 26, 2008)||Sponsors:|
Let me ask you a question. When you last bought a bottle of soy sauce, how much did you pay? If you paid anything at all I've got news for you, you just got screwed. Soy sauce is free! Yep, you read that correctly. Kikkoman, the world's biggest soy sauce manufacturer is now giving away free bottles of its most famous product. The catch? Well you have to come take a tour in their factory first. Alright well, let's take a look at our grocery list to see if we need any, hmmm... milk, eggs, butter... soy sauce! Ok, let's go!
The people at Kikkoman really want your day at the soy sauce factory to be a joyful, wonderful event. In the front entrance a pair of statues do the 'soy sauce dance' behind a little fountain. Best rope that fountain off though, too dangerous for the general public...
This is it! We're really here!
After watching a really, really bad video about soysauce we headed off on the factory tour. Do you sometimes feel like your soy sauce education is lacking? Like there is more you should know? You might think you know everything you need to know about soy sauce: It's dark brown. It's salty. It smells funny. It most likely comes from somewhere in Asia, probably China. For most people, that knowledge would be enough, but believe me when I tell you, it's not enough!
Soy sauce is made from three things: soybeans (bet you never made that connection before), salt (really?? salt?), and the surprise ingredient: wheat. After you grind those up into a brown sludge, and throw in some special Kikkoman bacteria, let the whole mess sit around for 6 months or so, then squeeze it in a big compressor and out flows the sauce!
Actually the tour is like, less than 10 minutes, and then comes the good part! Free soy sauce!
Alright fine. These are the real free bottles here. But still, are you going to complain? It's one bottle per person so if you've got 4 kids, bring 'em on out and reap the benefits!
I doubt soy sauce ice cream would fly off the supermarket shelves, but braver people can try some here. The taste was very light though, just a hint of saltiness only. However nothing's stopping you from pouring on a little extra soy sauce if you want!
And of course you can't talk about Kikkoman and soysauce without that classic Kikkoman animation video.
Thanks Kikkoman! However just mail us our free samples next time ok? Next month is fine.
Food for Thought...