This salty–sweet sauce is a building block of flavor in various sauces used throughout Japan, most notably eaten with soba noodles.
Yield: makes 1 1/4 cups
1 cup soy sauce
2 1⁄2 tbsp. mirin
2 1⁄2 tbsp. sugar
In a small saucepan, combine soy sauce, mirin, and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until the sugar dissolves, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the sauce cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.