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Old 01-12-2009, 09:08 AM   #1
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ISO recipes for sushi take out sauces

Whenever we order sushi we get an awesome sauce that comes with the tempura or shumai. It's the color of soy sauce but it's thick and sweeter. I thought maybe soy and terriyake reduced with sesame seeds?

The other is the orange dressing that comes with the salad and miso soup. Anyone know how to make that?

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Old 01-12-2009, 09:35 AM   #2
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Okay - first off, what you're asking is NOT "sauce for sushi" (which is normally just soy sauce with you possibly adding some wasabi to it).

What you're apparently asking for is the dipping sauce provided for tempura & dumplings. As well as the salad dressing (which has absolutely nothing to do with the Miso Soup).

While I like my dumpling/tempura dipping sauces spicy, & have never been served a "sweet" one at a Japanese restaurant, it's easy to duplicate at home. Normally the dipping sauces consist of little more than soy sauce, grated fresh ginger, & a dash of regular or hot sesame oil. If you want it sweeter, add a dash or two of sugar to taste; thicker/sweeter, add some Chinese Hoisin sauce.

In addition, if you have access to an Asian market, there are commercial "dumpling sauces" in both "regular" & "spicy" that are very very good. I always try to have a few bottles in my pantry to have on hand when I make dumplings/potstickers.

As far as the dressing that Japanese restaurants use on the usual "house salad", it's nothing more than a "Ginger Vinegarette", which is available in every major supermarket. Check out your local supermarket's salad dressing section - I'd be very surprised if they didn't have at least one brand of "Ginger" salad dressing. Around here, even WalMart carries it. "Annie's" is a nice brand that I usually have in the fridge, but frankly I haven't found any brands of this type of dressing that weren't good.
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:18 AM   #3
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Jeekz - you say the dipping sauce is thick? Thinking here...the tempura dipping sauce we have is usually pretty thin. Do you taste any sesame oil in it? Do you taste any ginger in it? Is it so thick that it doesn't drip off the tempura? The "house sauce" a local sushi bar provides isn't simply just plain soy, but , it is rather thin. Not that you asked, but, I would say the ingredients are soy, a bit of seasoned rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, brown sugar, water maybe or rice wine, and not sure what else, really.

Also, the salad dressing is a ginger dressing. I've got a great recipe at home...will send it to you - if you would be so kind as to PM me to remind me, I would appreciate it. Homemade is so much better than store bought IMHO.
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:39 AM   #4
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Thanks KE. Yeah, the tempura sauce is thickER than regular soy. Not thick like syrup or anything, but a thickness like it was reduced a bit. It is sweet and savory at the same time. I can only see the sesame seeds in there, no trace of grated ginger.

The dressing they use, I believe, has orange and ginger in it. It is very thick....ummm, pulpy even, with some liquid. When you dress the salad, you get chunks of the pulp and the liquid seeps to the lettuce.

Breezy, I've been eating sushi for many years, I was just trying to familiarize readers so they knew exactly wat I was talking about. This is sushi take-out, not a fancy sit down restaurant.
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:44 AM   #5
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Here's a recipe for the dark sauce:

Use a half cup of water and a half cup of soy sauce.This is the base.

Mix in one tablespoon of sugar and one tablespoon of vinegar (any kind, be creative -- you can even try lime juice).

Add one tablespoon of good sesame oil. If you have fresh ginger at home, add some to taste.
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Here's a recipe for the dark sauce:

Use a half cup of water and a half cup of soy sauce.This is the base.

Mix in one tablespoon of sugar and one tablespoon of vinegar (any kind, be creative -- you can even try lime juice).


Add one tablespoon of good sesame oil. If you have fresh ginger at home, add some to taste.
This won't be thicker though - would you reduce it a bit?

And Jeekinz - I don't think there is any orange in that dressing. The pulp, per se, is the ginger that has been put through a food processor. It is a bit pulpy, that is a good description!
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I apologize Jeekinz if I sounded harsh - didn't mean to.

But around here, whether a sit-down Japanese restaurant or take-out, the sauces served with sushi, dumplings, tempura, etc., etc. are the same. They're not different whether one is eating in or taking out.
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I apologize Jeekinz if I sounded harsh - didn't mean to.

But around here, whether a sit-down Japanese restaurant or take-out, the sauces served with sushi, dumplings, tempura, etc., etc. are the same. They're not different whether one is eating in or taking out.
LOL - I think Jeekinz was just referring to a "take out" place meaning not the higher end places, not a different sauce whether you eat in or take out.

I'm still curious about this sauce Jeekz. Several places here do have different sauces for different dishes. I've just never seen a thicker type sauce. Now I'm on a search!
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The sugar and oil will make it thicker. He said it was not thick like syrup, but thicker than soy sauce.
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The sugar and oil will make it thicker. He said it was not thick like syrup, but thicker than soy sauce.
got it! Thanks!
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