Our panelists tasted their way through eight brands of soy sauce this summer and couldn't stop complaining about the salty taste of the samples. A few days later, news outlets all over the country were reporting the near-death of a Virginia teen who drank a quart of soy sauce on a dare. While our judges hardly suffered salt poisoning, they did get a good sense (or taste, rather) of how much salt it takes to make the sauce so delicious. We opted to taste the regular sauces rather than the low-salt varieties to get the full impact of the flavor. Our judges plan to continue stir-frying and dipping their foods in soy sauce, but maybe not as often as they have in the past.
Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent