No Sake or Mirin Needed! Make Your Own Mentsuyu

No Sake or Mirin Needed! Make Your Own Mentsuyu

My favorite popular Japanese brand of kombu-based mentsuyu (Japanese noodle dipping sauce) is an all-purpose sauce that makes everything delicious. Since I used it regularly, I would import my own, but since it's a luxury item if you live outside Japan, I started to make it at home. The dashi stock is the key!

Ingredients: About 700 ml

Dried bonito or bonito flakes
40 g
Dried shiitake mushrooms
4 (15 g)
10 cm square
Soy sauce
460 g (400 ml)
Cheap white wine (sweet)
400 g (400 ml)
* Honey
1 tablespoon or more


1. Combine all the ingredients except the honey, and let sit overnight.
2. Heat the mixed ingredients and bring to a boil. Once the smell of alcohol disappears from the steam, remove from heat and strain.
3. Using a tea strainer, strain once more, and transfer to a bottle sterilized with boiling water, and store in the refrigerator.
4. Add honey to taste.

Story Behind this Recipe

I did some research on the internet and made my own version using ingredients at hand.