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 Vegetable trimmings
Onion ends/Leftover Celery
1-2 tablespoons of good vinegar
Roasted chicken fat, pork fat
piece of ginger
cloves of crushed garlic
- Add what you like to make your own special tare that you can use for stir-frys, seasoning soups, salads, udon, ramen etc.