Yun Hai Taiwanese Pantry Soy Paste with Glutinous Rice
Soy paste is an essential Taiwanese flavoring agent that appears everywhere from bustling night markets to cozy home kitchens, made from cooking coy sauce with rice starch to give it a more viscous, decadent texture akin to oyster sauce. This one is handcrafted with fermented soy beans aged for 450 days, giving the paste its distinct sweet-umami character that sets it apart both from standard soy sauce and other fermented bean products like salty Miso and spicy Sichuan Doubanjiang. Its nutty quality almost reads like roasted peanuts, while its caramel sweetness and savory saltiness hit the palate immediately. Tender flecks of rice are visible throughout the dark brown sauce, adding another layer of toasted flavor.
Yun Hai Taiwanese Pantry Pineapple Soy Sauce
Handcrafted by multi-generational soy sauce makers, this condiment is made by mixing sweet and juicy Taiwanese pineapple with black soybeans and salt and leaving the mixture to ferment for 180 days in earthenware pots. The golden brown liquid has a fruity fragrance, but that pineapple note mingles with the more savory flavors once the sauce hits your palate and yields a sweet, delicious funkiness and nuanced saltiness. More bright and fruity than the deep caramel of standard soy sauce, the condiment also packs a complex umami flavor not only from the nuttiness of the soy, but also from the distinctive fermented pineapple—a flavor layer that can’t be found in grocery stores.