This is a picture of 2 bottles of Soy sauce made by the famous soy sauce retailer Kikkoman.
On the left is a bottle containing 150ml, the right containing 1 litre.
You may have noticed that the right bottle is from Japan where Kikkoman soy sauce originated many years ago and of course one of the places where you would use 1 litre of soy sauce easily in day to day cooking.
The bottle on the left is a bottle brought from a local supermarket here in the UK where a drizzle here and there at the dinner table or occasionally used in small amounts for cooking is usually sufficient.
The 1 litre Japanese soy sauce cost £4.25 while the 150ml English bottle cost £2.50.
This is considerably shocking considering if the English soy sauce was priced the same as the Japanese it should have only cost about 64p, allowing extra for the more fancy table friendly bottle maybe £1.
So why is this English Soy sauce so much more costly?
Yes, the English bottle is packaged in a smarter fashion with a glass bottle and easy drizzle lid but is it really worth £1.66 per 100ml compared to 42p?
Surely the deliciously dark sauce is made the same way for each and tastes similar if not identical?
I’m sure average English people don’t mind paying these prices for good soy sauce (Japanese) once every 6 months or so when they finally run out and some may not use a litre in a lifetime but it does make you think…………..doesn’t it?
Of course a litre bottle of soy sauce isn’t something that’s run of the mill to buy in England and you will have to go to a specialist shop or order it on-line but if you do any serious Japanese cooking it is a very worthwhile investment.