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All Purpose Dipping Sauce

Posted on April 10, 2009 at 2:47 AM

This is an all purpose basic dipping sauce that I use for dipping Tempura, Soba, Somen noodles. You can use this recipe as a starting point, and make some adjustments with the seasonings to suit your palate. The sauce is sweetened with Mirin, sweet sake, which unlike sugar has more depth in flavor.  It is not as dense or rich as the Dipping Sauce for Soba but easier to make.



  1 cup of Dashi-broth (see Basics for Dashi Recipe

1/8 cup - light color soy sauce (Usukuchi-shoyu) or regular soysauce. (I prefer light color soysauce

1/8 cup - Mirin, sweet sak

1/2 cup - bonito flakes


  1. Bring the Dashi broth, soysauce and Mirin, sweet sake in a medium size pot and bring to a boil. Turn off heat. Add the bonito flakes and let stand for 2 minutes. Do not stir.
  2. Strain broth. Discard bonito flakes. Let the broth cool down to room temperature.
  3. Makes about 1.1/4 cups of dipping sauce.
  4. Keeps in the fridge for 3-4 days.


NOTE: To make the sauce a little stronger in flavor, do 1/6 cup of soy sauce and sweet sake each instead of 1/8 cup. Use koikuchi soy sauce for soba.

Categories: Basics - Broths, Sauces, and Marinades

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