DippingSauce_Mentsuyu

Mentsuyu (Popular Method)

‘Mentsuyu’ is a ‘Noodle Dipping Sauce’, however it is so versatile. It can be used as a seasoning for salad and stir fry and so many dishes. It is very handy to have a bottle of Mentsuyu in the fridge.
Ingredients
Mirin 1/2 cup, Soy Sauce ⅔ cup, Katsuobushi 15g or a handful
Water 2 cups
Method
1. Heat Mirin in a sauce pan to boil off alcohol. Then add soy sauce and bring it to a boil.
2. Add Katsuobushi and cook about for a minute.
3. Add water and bring it to a boil again, then remove from heat.
4. Drain the sauce well. Allow it cool, then chill in the fridge.


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Mentsuyu (Quick & Easy Method)

Using Instant Dashi Powder, make Mentsuyu quickly and easily. Don’t underestimate this instant recipe, because it tastes really good.
Ingredients
Water 2 cups
Instant Dashi Powder 1 1/3 teaspoon
Mirin 1/3 cup, Soy Sauce 1/2 cup
Method
1. Put all the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Keep boiling for a couple of minutes.
2. Allow it cool, then chill in the fridge.


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Tentsuyu (Tempura Dipping Sauce)

Ingredients
Dashi Stock 2 cup
Soy Sauce 4 tablespoons
Mirin 2 to 3 tablespoons
Method
1. Pour the dashi stock into a sauce pan, add the mirin and soy sauce, and bring it to a boil.
2. Then remove from heat and allow to cool.


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Ponzu (Best Method)

Ingredients
Lemon juice (Yuzu or Sudachi juice) + Rice Vinegar 1 cup
Soy Sauce 1 cup
Mirin 1 to 2 tablespoons *optional
Katsuobushi (Bonito Flakes) 1 pkt (3 to 5g)
Konbu 5 to 10cm
Method
1. Combine all the ingredients and leave them in a fridge for at least a couple of days.
*You may add some chili powder, finely chopped spring onion, grated daikon radish or grated carrot when you serve. Chili oil or sesame oil is also nice.


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Ponzu (Quick & Easy Method)

Ingredients
Lemon juice (Yuzu or Sudachi juice) + Rice Vinegar 1 cup
Soy Sauce 1 cup
Mirin 1 to 2 tablespoons *optional
Method
1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
*Add some chili powder, finely chopped spring onion, grated daikon radish or grated carrot when you serve. Chili oil or sesame oil is also nice.
 


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Creamy Garlic Sesame Sauce

Ingredients
Roasted Sesame Seeds 3 tablespoons *ground
Soy Sauce 2 tablespoons
Japanese Mayonnaise 3 tablespoons
Ginger 1 small piece * grated
Garlic 1 clove *grated
Optional Ingredients
Mirin 1 tablespoon *if you like slight sweetness
Rice Vinegar 1 tablespoon *for sourness
Method Grind Sesame Seeds and grate Ginger and Garlic. Combine all ingredients and mix well.


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Garlic Soy Sauce

Ingredients
Soy Sauce 1 cup
Mirin 1 tablespoon
Garlic as many cloves as you like
Method
1. Boil Soy Sauce and Mirin in a sauce pan, then cool. Cook the Garlic cloves in a microwave oven for 20 seconds.
2. Put the Garlic cloves in the Soy Sauce mixture.
*You can store this sauce in a sterilized jar/bottle for a long time.


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Yakiniku Sauce (My Family’s Recipe)

>> What is Yakiniku?
This is my family’s recipe. My mother used to make a lot at a time and keep it in a large bottle, ready to use any time. This sauce can be used to marinate BBQ meat.
Ingredients
Roasted Sesame Seeds 3 tablespoons
Garlic 1 to 2 cloves *grated
Ginger 1 small piece *grated
Apple 1/2 *grated
Onion 1/4 * grated
Soy Sauce 1/2 cup
Doubanjiang (Chili Bean Paste) 1 to 2 teaspoons
Mirin 2 tablespoons
Method Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Once it starts boiling, remove from the heat, then cool.


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Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce

An Asian Takeaway Shop that I know sells rice paper rolls with a delicious dipping sauce. They don’t share the recipe with me. So I tried to recreate the dipping sauce. It took a long time form me to figure out the key ingredient is peanuts. I use crunchy peanut butter for this sauce.
Ingredients
Crunchy Peanut Butter 2 tablespoons
Water 2 tablespoons
Hoisin Sauce 1 tablespoon
Fish Sauce 1 teaspoon *can be replaced by Soy Sauce
Sweet Chilli Sauce 1 tablespoon
Lime OR Lemon Juice 1/2 to 1 tablespoon
Sugar 1 teaspoon
Garlic 1 clove *grated, optional
Method
1. Mix all ingredients well. Thickness can be adjusted by adding more water or liquid ingredients.


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Thai Dipping Sauce

This sauce is goos for dressing Coleslaw or as a dipping sauce for spring rolls and rice paper rolls. It is not really authentic Thai sauce but it taste very Thai to me.
Ingredients
Garlic 1 clove *grated OR crushed and finely chopped
Chilli Flakes 1 to 2 teaspoons OR 1 Fresh Chilli *finely chopped
Fish Sauce 2 tablespoons
Lime OR Lemon Juice 2 tablespoons
Water 2 tablespoons
Sugar 2 teaspoons
Method
1. Mix all ingredients well.


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Creamy Sweet Chilli Sauce

Japanse mayonnaise is a handy ingredient to instantly add creaminess to sauces. Just combine same amount of Sweet Chilli Sauce and Japanese Mayonnaise creates a totally different dipping sauce which is perfect for rice paper rolls and seafood.
Ingredients
Sweet Chilli Sauce 2 tablespoons
Japanese QP Mayonnaise 2 tablespoons
Method
1. Combine same amount of Sweet Chilli Sauce and Japanese Mayonnaise and mix well.


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Walnut Miso Dip

This is a perfect dip for fresh vegetables. You may wish to add small amount of Sugar or Rice Vinegar to suit your taste. Sesame Oil can add extra flavour.
Ingredients
Miso 2 tablespoons *dark OR light coloured
Gochujang (Korean Spicy Miso) 1/2 to 1 tablespoon
Mirin 2 tablespoons
Garlic 1 clove *grated
Roasted Walnut 1/2 cup *coarsely crushed
Rice Vinegar 1 to 2 teaspoons *optional, for sourness
Method
1. Roast or lightly toast Walnuts and allow them cool. Using Suribachi or mortar & pestle, coarsely crush.
2. Add other ingredients and mix well.


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Ginger & Garlic Dipping Sauce

Ingredients
Soy Sauce 1 cup
Mirin 1/4 cup
Sake 2 tablespoons
Garlic 1 clove *chopped
Ginger 1 small piece *chopped
Spring Onion 1 to 2 *chopped
Chili oil or Sesame Oil 1 tablespoon
Shichimi (Japanese Chilli Powder) *optional
Method
1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.