Passed Down From My Mother: Mentsuyu for Somen Noodles

Passed Down From My Mother: Mentsuyu for Somen Noodles

This mentsuyu dipping sauce can be used as-is. Concentrate type mentsuyu is tasty too, but this straight version is light and really goes well with somen noodles.


Dashi stock (kombu, bonito flake based)
500 ml
Soy sauce
3 tablespoons
2 tablespoons
1 tablespoon plus
1/2 teaspoon


1. Make the dashi stock. Add the mirin to the dashi stock and bring to a boil. Add the soy sauce, sugar, and salt, return to a boil, then remove from heat.
2. Tip: If you're used to store-bought mentsuyu, this might taste a little weak. Add condiments or teriyaki eggplant to make it more delicious.
3. Condiments for Somen: see Recipe ID: 1879767
4. Mulukhiya & Natto Somen: Recipe ID: 1900823
5. Soba Mentsuyu Concentrate - Recipe ID: 1900791 This version is also good for somen. Dilute it with water before use.
6. Eggplant Teriyaki: Recipe ID: 642994 Dashi Soy Sauce: Recipe ID: 1820595
7. Squid Tempura: Recipe ID: 1903199
8. Fried Oyster Dinner: Recipe ID: 1901938

Story Behind this Recipe

This is a recipe I learned from my mother.