What is Soy Sauce for Soups (Guk Ganjang) ?
This Korean soy sauce is made during the process of making Doenjang. Fermented soybean is placed in brine to make doenjang. Once completed, The solids become doenjang, and the remaining liquid becomes soup soy sauce. It is lighter in color than traditional soy sauce, but is stronger and saltier in flavor, which allows it to flavor large pots of soup without disrupting the color and appearance of the dish. It is mainly used in soups and namul.
Not To Be Confused With
Soy Sauce (Jin Ganjang) or Kikkoman soy sauce
Where and What To Buy
Korean grocery store, online, my Amazon store.
- Sempio 샘표 is the oldest and best brand to buy for soy sauces.
- Search for 'Korean Soup Soy Sauce' or Korean Soy Sauce for Soups'
How to Use/Cook
Use Guk Ganjang in soups and stews in addition to salt. It adds great flavor in addition to just saltiness. Also, use it to season namul vegetables. Guk Ganjang has a unique Korean flavor that can't be achieved with any other seasonings.
How to Clean/Store
Store in a cool dry area. Can be stored in the refrigerator, but is not necessary.
- High in salt content - it is even more saltier than regular soy sauce so just use a very small amount
- Naturally Gluten-Free if it was naturally brewed