Now, soy sauce has gone from a novelty to a staple.
The Australian firm has launched a line of soy sauce substitutes.
Nowhere in Australia has soy sauce been replaced by a soy sauce replacement for more than three years.
And in Australia, soy sauces are now sold in supermarkets and supermarkets are filling up.
But in Japan, soy is still one of the most popular soy sauce ingredients.
“The Japanese soy sauce market is very strong,” said Tony Jones, managing director of Australian soy sauce producer, Soy Sauce & Lube.
“It’s very important to understand that the Japanese soy sauces have a high concentration of nutrients.”
They are high in omega-3 fatty acids, they have a low level of saturated fat, and they’re not very acidic, so it can be a great alternative to a lot of sauces in some countries.
“Mr Jones says Japanese soy is “a very well known, well-regarded soy sauce”.”
The thing about Japanese soy isn’t that it’s good, it’s the way they use it.
“The soy sauce made in Japan is the best in the world Mr Jones says.”
We’ve been making soy sauce for 100 years in Japan,” he said.”
And it’s still the best soy sauce in the business, I can’t think of any other soy sauce that is as good.
“The main ingredients are water, soybeans, salt, sugar, cornstarch, enzymes and yeast.
The best soy sauces from Japan are made with water, with soybeans and salt added for extra nutrition.
Mr Jones believes the Japanese have been making their soy sauce since the 1600s.”
There’s no other country in the entire world that uses soy as the base ingredient,” he says.
In Australia, a lot is made from soy sauce.”
Australia produces around 15 per cent of the world’s soybeans.
“Soy sauce in Australia is produced by a combination of Australian, Japanese, Chinese, South Korean and Korean-owned companies,” Mr Jones said.
But he warns there is a difference between soy sauce from Japan and soy sauce manufactured in Australia.
“For example, there’s a difference in the strength of the soybean,” he explained.
“In Japan it’s much stronger, in Australia it’s less.”
So what does that mean for consumers?
Well, for one, consumers in Australia are going to have to go a little bit further in search of their next soy sauce recipe.
“When you buy soy sauce, you’re really buying a soybean-based product.”
So, if you’re looking for a more concentrated soy sauce with a more robust flavour, that’s where you’re going to go,” Mr Hughes said.
The next step for the Australian soy industry is to sell the soy sauce it’s made with, which will be made from the soybeans from Japan.”
That would be a major step in the right direction, but the problem is that that would require a lot more time to develop,” Mr Davies said.