I was a little bit shocked when I found out that the thin soy sauce that I used to consume is not halal (that kikkoman). During in Germany, for more than one year, I always use that thin soy sauce because that brand is halal in my home country (Indonesia) so I thought it was also okay to use the same brand although there was no halal sign on the bottle. But I was wrong, I found out not long time ago that thin soy sauce from kikkoman is not halal. Why is it not halal?
Lets look at several information I gathered :
The Naturally Brewed Soy is the Haram soy sauce. It is made just like wine containing 2-3% alcohol. The ingredients list contains Wheat, Soy and other ingredients. Food companies do not mention Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce under the ingredients statement. They just mention soy sauce but within parenthesis they write Wheat and Soy. This is the only way to find a Haram Soy Sauce. From http://www.muslimconsumergroup.com/faq.html
There are two kind of soy sauce is available in USA and Canada. One is naturally brewed soy sauce supplied by Kikkoman Company with 1.7% or more alcohol and the other is the acidified hydrolyzed soy protein soy sauce (All purpose Seasoning) by ConAgra’s Company under LA Choy brand name. The Kikkoman Soy sauce (made with soybean, wheat and salt) is a haram product due to the presence of 1.7% or more alcohol. From http://www.albalagh.net/halal/col3.shtml
Naturally Brewed Soya Sauce (Soya sauce made with wheat and soy is Haram because the production of alcohol in its production and retention of 1-2% alcohol in soya sauce. From http://www.ehalal.org/halal-and-haram/what-is-haram-gelatin
I found also good article about halal haram soy sauce here http://halalfornoobs.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/ahoy-soy-picking-the-halal-soy-sauce-part-two/
Okay then because kikkoman that sold here is not halal (contain alcohol) , so I cannot absolutely consume it and I need to find other kind of soy sauce which is halal. I begin to search in asia shop/ oriental market in Brighton which close to my home. There is one that close, the store name is Unithai. Lucky me, they have many kinds of soy sauce. I was looking for ABC brand actually (in Germany I can easily find ABC soy sauce in asia markt) but they don’t have it. So my choice went to healthy boy brand, product from Thailand. This little fat boy product has halal sign on the label, so that is such a relieve. Here are the pictures of that halal soy sauce :
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On the other time, I also bought teriyaki sauce (halal too, yeeay *happy) from oriental market but different store. I bought it from Yum yum oriental market (also in Brighton). The price is 1.85 pound. Here are the pictures :
Note about oriental market here : there are many oriental markets around Brighton (and Hove), I simply googling it put the keyword “oriental market Brighton” or just look at yelp. There are many asia products there. From Thailand, China, Korea, Japan, and more. Products from Indonesia such as sambal asli abc, indomie, and tempe could also be found there. The price of sambal asli and indomie almost the same like in Germany but tempe is much more expensive here than in Germany.
Note about this post : so sorry my English is very poooooor. I asked my husband to check my grammar and so on but he is quite busy now and i have no patient for him so i just posted this with my limited skill of English. Hahaa. Peace.