Try this authentic mentsuyu recipe for a deliciously rich taste!! Enjoy the irresistible umami flavors, perfect for slurping up with your favorite Japanese noodles.
Mentsuyu is a Japanese noodle soup base and a must-have for noodle enthusiasts!
With its versatility, this savory noodle broth can add umami to both hot and cold dishes featuring delicious staples like udon noodles, soba noodles, and somen noodles. Dive into the depths of flavor with Mentsuyu today!
- This recipe is for you if:
- You love Japanese noodle dishes.
- You are looking for a mentsuyu recipe.
- You want to know how to use mentsuyu.
Let me walk you through the ingredients and the instructions. If you want to check the recipe, jump to the recipe. Let's get started!
About this recipe
- Japanese noodle soup base
- Authentic mentsuyu recipe
- Basic sauce for Japanese dishes
- Concentrated type
What is mentsuyu?
Mentsuyu is a Japanese soup base that transforms simple udon or soba noodles into a delicious meal, whether served in hot or cold broth. This multipurpose sauce with a savory flavor can be used for anything from hot soups to salad dressings or dipping sauce for tempura.
It's crafted with just three main ingredients--dashi stock, soy sauce, and mirin. It's common to buy a store-bought mentsuyu in Japan, but it's easy to make at home.
Mentsuyu comes in two different types. The straight type can be used as is, and the concentrated type is required to dilute with water. (This recipe is the concentrated type.)
Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below).
Dashi is Japanese soup stock and the base of the mantsuyu's umami flavor. Katsuobushi and kombu are the typical ingredients for dashi in Japanese cooking.
You can use instant dashi powder if you prefer shortcuts or can't find katsuobushi and kombu at a store. I always have some instant dashi powder for making miso soup.
If you are vegetarian/vegan, substitute katsuobushi with dried shiitake mushrooms. Click here to find out more about vegan dashi.
Let me show you how to make it. Click here to watch the recipe video.
- Add water and kombu to a medium saucepan and soak for 30 minutes or more.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat
- Turn off and take out the kombu.
- Add soy sauce, mirin, and katsuobushi and cook over medium heat.
- When boiling, lower the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Let it cool down.
- Place a coffee filter on a strainer over a glass jar and strain the mentsuyu to remove the katsuobushi.
All done! Get ready to savor the delicious umami of mentsuyu soup.
- The white powder on the kombu is an umami element, so do not rinse it with water.
- Kombu releases its umami flavor when soaked. At least 30 minutes and stretching the soaking time overnight is also ok.
- Mentsuyu will be more flavorful by firmly pressing the katsuobushi with chopsticks while straining.
- Leftover katsuobushi and kombu can be turned into a delicious onigiri filling (rice ball)- see the instructions in the following.
How to use it
Mentsuyu is the best soup for classic Japanese noodle dishes such as udon, soba, and somen noodles. You can make a warm bowl of soup and cold dipping sauce.
In addition, you can add a tasty depth to various dishes, like tempura dipping sauce or simmered dishes, turn seasoned rice into something special and give soups and salads an extra punch of flavor.
Here are some of the simple recipes you can try!
Dilute 200ml of mentsuyu with 100ml of water or more according to your taste. It's a great noodle soup for any Japanese noodles.
Use straight or dilute with some water according to your taste. It's a great dipping sauce for any Japanese noodles.
Use straight or dilute with some water according to your taste. It's excellent for tentsuyu (tempura dipping sauce).
Keep it in a glass jar or airtight container and store it in the fridge for one week. Or freeze it for long-term storage. Put it in a freezer bag or ice cube tray and store it in the freezer for one month.
What to do with the leftover dashi ingredients
When you make mentsuyu from scratch, you will have the leftover, called dashi gara (leftover dashi). Don't throw it away, as you can make a delicious onigiri filling!
You will enjoy the perfect harmony between savory dashi ingredients and plain rice in this delicious onigiri!
No, you can't. Using only soy sauce is too salty as mentsuyu has a milder flavor.
It's not sweet but mildly salty, and you can taste the savory flavor from the dashi stock.
Mentsuyu is crafted with just three main ingredients--dashi stock, soy sauce, and mirin. It's common to buy a store-bought mentsuyu in Japan, but it's easy to make at home.
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- 1 Medium saucepan 18 cm/7 inches
- 1 Glass jar or airtight container
- 1 Strainer
- 1 Coffee filter or paper towel, cloth
- Soak: Add water and kombu to a medium saucepan and soak for 30 minutes or more.
- Kombu dashi: Bring to a boil over medium heat, turn off and take out the kombu.
- Add other ingredients: Add soy sauce, mirin, and katsuobushi and cook over medium heat.
- Simmer: When boiling, lower the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Cool: Remove the pan from heat and let it cool down.
- Strain: Place a coffee filter on a strainer over a glass jar and strain the mentsuyu to remove the katsuobushi.
- Storage: Keep in a glass jar or airtight container and store in the fridge for one week or the freezer for one month.
- Dilute mentsuyu with water when you use it for dishes. See the "How to use it" section.