Tsuyu - Mentsuyu - Mendare - Japanese Noodle Sauce

10 mins (cooking 10)
7 ingredients
4.5 servings
This is a concentrated broth often used in Japan for noodle type dishes, such as in udon, soba, etc. Many recipes can jumpstart from this basic tsuyu, such as oden, salad dressing, other types of sauces by incorporating vinegar, more sugar, ginger, garlic, miso, etc. You can buy type of tsuyu in Japan easily and nowadays most people buy bottled versions which are excellent depending on the brands. I really like Yamasa Kombu Tsuyu. But, the commercially available ones are expensive and may not be readily available outside of Japan. Normally the commercial brands fall into those which can be used straight ie no mixing with additional water or concentrated like this recipe. BTW, the (men) part means noodle in Japan, so mentsuyu means noodle broth and mendare means noodle sauce. But, this type of broth is the basis for many, many Japanese cooking and I hope you can make this and keep it bottled in the refrigerator. Once made, it is easily kept in the fridge for at least one year. This stock should go through several changes of cheesecloth to make sure it is completely clear of all debris before storing in the fridge. The leftover katsuobushi (bonito flakes) and kombu seaweed can be used for other things. I like to chop of kombu and stir fry it with katsuobushi, sesame seeds and a bit of teriyaki type sauce for making furikake which sometimes is used in plain rice in Japan or onigiri rice balls. This is my first one tsuyu recipe and I do have several versions of tsuyu and I plan to post additional ones in the future. The cup size I'm using is the Japanese cup size which is 200 ml = 1 Cup. When I mention soy sauce, I'm referring to the regular soy sauce and not light soy sauce which has more salt content and less color.

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Serving Size (175.51 g)
Servings 4.5
Amount per Serving
Calories 91.39 Calories from Fat 1.08
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.12g 0.8%
Saturated Fat 0.03g 0.64%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 3.33mg 5.0%
Sodium 2489.53mg 466.79%
Total Carbohydrate 7.43g 11.14%
Dietary Fiber 0.36 g 6.4%
Sugars 4.04 g %
Protein 6.41g 57.65%
Vitamin A 3.33IU% Vitamin C 0.06mg%
Calcium 15.31mg% Iron 1.18mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
kombu seaweed