Mentsuyu (Noodle Soup Base) 麺つゆ

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    Mentsuyu is Japanese soup base used in soba and udon noodle dishes.  It’s made from sake, mirin, soy sauce, kombu, and katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes).

    There are two types of mentsuyu: kaketsuyu, which is poured hot over boiled noodles to make noodle soup, and tsuketsuyu which literally means “dipping soup” for chilled noodles.

    Mentsuyu is usually sold concentrated, so dilute with water before using.  The proportion of water used to dilute the soup base varies depending on the use.  Usually 2-3 parts of water for 1 part of mentsuyu.

    This mentsuyu recipe is also concentrated, so please adjust the soup base accordingly.

    Here’s the video on How To Make Mentsuyu (Noodle Soup Base) on my YouTube Channel! Enjoy!

    For convenience, you can purchase Mentsuyu bottle from Japanese (or Asian) grocery stores or online.

    Mentsuyu in a bottle.

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    Mentsuyu (Noodle Soup Base)
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    15 mins
     
    Course: Condiments, How to
    Servings: 2 (cups)
    Author: Nami
    Ingredients
    Instructions
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

    2. In a medium saucepan, add sake and bring it to a boil over medium high heat. Let the alcohol evaporate for a few seconds.
    3. Add mirin and soy sauce.
    4. Then add kombu and katsuobushi.
    5. Cook on low heat for 5 minutes.
    6. Turn off the heat and set aside until cool down.
    7. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve and now Mentsuyu is ready to use.
    8. Save the drained katsuobushi and kombu to make homemade Furikake (rice seasoning). Click here for the recipe.
    Recipe Notes

    You can store in the refrigerator up to a month.

     

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