Cooking in English With Julian - "Tare"

Cooking at home has always been a very important part of my lifestyle. From my days during high school up to now I have made very delicious as well as very terrible tasting food at home. Living alone in Japan can be a little difficult trying to make your own meals three times a day. Especially since there are so many convenience stores and food stalls to and from your home. Through trial and error I have found some easy methods you can try at home that are good for your budget and can help you build important life skills:

Making your own tare - This sauce is a particular favourite amongst frequent Izakaya goers everywhere in Japan. Tare itself has no definitive recipe since every household makes it differently. I can show you a basic tare recipe that is easy to follow.

In a small sized pot add the following...

  • 1 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1 cup mirin

  • 1 cup sake

  • 100 g white sugar

Wait until everything comes to a boil and the sugar is completely dissolved.


  • The ingredients below have no measurements. This is where you can add personality to your own special tare by choosing some of the options here…

    • Roasted fruits

      • Apple skins

      • Orange/grapefruit peel

    • Roasted Vegetable trimmings

      • Carrot skins

      • Onion ends/Leftover Celery

      • Leek tops

      • Leftover tomatoes

    • 1-2 tablespoons of good vinegar

    • Roasted chicken fat, pork fat

    • piece of ginger

    • cloves of crushed garlic

    • Konbucha powder

    • Spices

      • All spice

      • Star-Anise

      • Cinnamon

      • Fennel seed

      • Coriander seed

      • Cumin seed


  • Add what you like to make your own special tare that you can use for stir-frys, seasoning soups, salads, udon, ramen etc.