How to Make Dashi Soy Sauce with Dashi Powder

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What is the Difference Between Dashi Soy Sauce and Mentsuyu?

The difference between dashi-soy sauce and men-tsuyu is the strength of the sweetness and the aroma of the dashi.
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Some people say that dashi-soy sauce is a mixture of dashi and soy sauce and contains no sugar. But if you look at the ingredients list of dashi-soy sauce from many companies, you will find that sugar is added.

In terms of usage, there is not much of a difference when it comes to home cooking. For example, you can put it on boiled vegetables, or on rice with egg.

However, the taste is definitely different. Mentsuyu has a sweeter taste, while dashi soy sauce has a stronger dashi aroma. You can use whichever one you prefer, depending on your mood that day.

This article is part of the seasoning series. What is seasoning? How can I substitute mirin, cooking sake, etc.? You can read all articles about seasonings here.
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How to Make Dashi Soy Sauce with Dashi Powder, without Mirin

Dashi soy sauce is perfect for rice with raw egg and boiled rice. If you run out, or can’t find it overseas, this recipe is a good substitute.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Servings4 people
INGREDIENTS
  • water 2 Tbsp
  • soy sauce 1 Tbsp
  • brown sugar 1 tsp
  • dashi powder 1 tsp
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Place the water, brown sugar, and dashi powder in a heatproof container and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Add soy sauce and mix well.
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