Bottled taucos are on display in Indonesian supermarket
Type Cooking sauce and condiment
Place of origin China and Indonesia
Region or state Nationwide in Indonesia
Creator Chinese Indonesian cuisine
Main ingredients Fermented soy
Variations Closely related to douchi
Cookbook: Tauco  Media: Tauco

Tauco or Tauchu (Chinese: ; pinyin: dòujiàng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: tāu-chiùⁿ) is a paste made from preserved fermented yellow soybeans in Chinese Indonesian cuisine.[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.

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), or in soup such as swikee oh (frog legs in tauco soup) and pie oh (softshell turtle in tauco soup). Today the major production center of tauco in Indonesia is in Cianjur in West Java, and Pekalongan in Central Java.

See also


  1. "Soybean Paste (Tauco)". RCP. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  2. Aini (8 May 2013). "Tauco yang Enak, Baunya Khas" (in Indonesian). Kompas.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
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