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Bottled taucos are on display in Indonesian supermarket
Alternative namesTaucu, Tauchu
TypeCooking sauce and condiment
Place of originIndonesia
Region or stateSoutheast Asia
Associated national cuisineIndonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei
Created byOverseas Chinese in Southeast Asia
Main ingredientsFermented soy
VariationsClosely related to douchi

Tauco, Taucu, Taotjo or Tauchu (Chinese: 豆醬; pinyin: dòujiàng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: tāu-chiùⁿ) is a paste made from preserved fermented yellow soybeans in Chinese Indonesian and Malaysian cuisines.[1] Tauco is made by boiling yellow soybeans, grinding them, mixing them with flour and fermenting them in order to make a soy paste. The soy paste is soaked in salt water and sun-dried for several weeks, furthering the fermentation process, until the color of the paste has turned yellow-reddish. Good tauco has a distinct aroma.[2] The sauce is also commonly used in other Indonesian cuisines traditions, such as Sundanese cuisine and Javanese cuisine. Taucu is generally used in cooking by Chinese Malaysian, Singaporean and Bruneian.[3]

The sauce is often used as condiment and flavouring for stir fried dishes such as tahu tauco (tofu in tauco sauce), kakap tahu tausi (red snapper with tofu in soybean sauce), in soup such as swikee oh (frog legs in tauco soup) and pie oh (softshell turtle in tauco soup), or stir fried with kangkung (water spinach). Today the major production centre of tauco in Indonesia is in Cianjur in West Java, and Pekalongan in Central Java. While in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, the main commercial brands of taucu is Yeo Hiap Seng (Yeo's).[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ "Soybean Paste (Tauco)". RCP. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  2. ^ Aini (8 May 2013). "Tauco yang Enak, Baunya Khas" (in Indonesian). Kompas.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  3. ^ Simon Richmond (2010). Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei. Lonely Planet. pp. 62–. ISBN 978-1-74104-887-2.
  4. ^ "Taucu (Malaysia)". Yeo Hiap Seng. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Tauco (Indonesia)". Yeo Hiap Seng. Retrieved 23 December 2016.