RECIPE: Homemade Mentsuyu

RECIPE: Homemade Mentsuyu

Mentsuyu (lit. “noodle broth”) is a commonly used sauce found in numerous Japanese dishes including noodles, rice bowls, hot pots and as a dipping sauce. It’s a great condiment to always have on hand in your pantry.


  • 1awase dashi pack
  • 600ml water
  • 150ml soy sauce (use either a light soy sauce (usukuchi) or a dark soy sauce (koikuchi) if you prefer a lighter or stronger flavor)
  • 150ml mirin 


  1. Add 1 awase dashi pack (1 package of konbu and 2 packages of katsuobushi) to 600ml of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 6-7 mins. Remove the packages and add the soy sauce and mirin. Turn off the heat just before boiling and let it cool. This mentsuyu can be stored for a long time.

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