Its listed ingredients are soy sauce distillate, salt, brewed vinegar, seasoning, trehalose, and alcohol. Tomei Shoyu (Transparent Soy Sauce) is basically honjozo (naturally brewed) koikuchi soy sauce, but its dark pigments are separated by a machine developed over a year and half to make the end product transparent. Company sold more than 200,000 bottles in 2019 alone and we expect it will be even more popular in 2020.
The reason for the rapid surge in popularity is that Tomei Shoyu (Transparent Soy Sauce) can highlight natural colors of the ingredients. An Italian restaurant chef can use it as a secret condiment in pasta so that the dish can have the rich flavor of soy sauce while retaining beautiful colors. This new type of soy sauce is highly praised by local chefs as an interesting condiment that sparks the chef’s playful spirit.