View Full Version : non-soy sub for Nama Shoyu?
Hi all; I'm still very new to all this; my son's allergic to soy, but so many recipes call for this stuff. Can I just substitute a little salt & water? Or is there something else I can use to mimic the flavor & texture? Lots of stuff I want to try ....
Especially if anyone has any cheese recipes that don't use soy, I'd love to know.
12-16-2007, 11:45 AM
Very good question. I'd be interested to know if others have found a substitute. Water and salt don't give the food that asian flavour, though, so have always wondered what would work.
Diana... You're right that water and salt don't give the Asian flavor, and I don't have a solution in mind for that. Many recipes (such as flax crackers) really have no reason to taste Asian, though... so for those, I have been using sea salt, and it seems just fine. :)
I'm curious if anyone else has ideas to get the Asian flavor without soy...
12-16-2007, 01:25 PM
Nama Shoyu is a living food product, not a RAW product; so, if that is what you are after, then use non-soy miso. There are chickpea misos, millet, brown rice, and many others which do not have soy as a base. Add water to it and/or blend (if it's the chunky variety), and it is basically a soy sauce.
For a stronger "soy" flavor, go for the darker misos.
South River (http://www.southrivermiso.com/index_steam.html) has the best quality misos. Or find an "unpasteurized" miso.
jaurequi - Thanks! Going to try the miso then & see... Now I have a new questiong though - can you explain the living food vs raw?
12-16-2007, 02:42 PM
"living food" has live enzymes, but isn't necessarily "raw"... In this case, the soy was initially cooked, but during fermentation, it grew live enzymes that help with digestion, so it's a "live food".
12-16-2007, 05:01 PM
Since you are allergic to soy, watch out! Because even if it's called chickpea, rice or whatever else miso, it usually is a mixture of the ingredients mentioned PLUS soy! To be honest, I haven't seen any miso without soy. (just have a look on the label)
If you actually find a soyfree version make sure it says "unpasteurized" ;)
Good luck for your quest to find fake-Asian-flavouring! :D
12-19-2007, 01:31 AM
There are many miso's out there made without soy and only the rice or chickpea etc.
Try the South River brand, which is unpasteurized.
They say soy-free on the ones that are.
You could also try soaking sea vegetables instead and using the liquid from it.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.1.4 Copyright © 2013 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.