Japanese Noodle Sauce Base (Kaeshi)

  • Serves

    makes 1 1/4 cups

  • Cook

    10 minutes


By Sonoko Sakai

Published on February 17, 2016

This salty–sweet sauce from Sonoko Sakai, most notably eaten with soba noodles, is a building block of flavor in various sauces used throughout Japan.


  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 2 12 Tbsp. mirin
  • 2 12 Tbsp. sugar


Step 1

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.

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