What is Tsuyu?
Tsuyu is a versatile sauce used in many Japanese dishes. I’ve always had trouble finding this sauce in the U.K. so today I want to share with you how to make this sauce from scratch, it’s pretty simple and gives dishes a deep Japanese flavour.
Tsuyu has a perfect balance of savory and sweet. It is often used in the following dishes:
I’ll be using this sauce in upcoming recipes and you can also search ‘tsuyu’ in the search bar to find all the recipes that use it. It’s a useful recipe to know!
Tsuyu uses one of the following dashi (a broth used to create depth of flavour)
- Konbu (a kind of seaweed)
- Bonito flakes
- Shiitake mushroom
These ingredients are commonly used in Japanese cooking and should be available in Japanese food stores or possibly Asian supermarkets.
In this recipe, we’ll be using dried shiitake mushrooms as they are the most easily accessible in other countries. If you can’t find them then you can try with other kinds of dried mushrooms (but I can’t guarantee the taste!)
This recipe only uses 4 ingredients and they are all suitable for vegetarians and vegans, so enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions About Tsuyu Sauce
What is Tsuyu?
Tsuyu, also known as Mentsuyu is a sauce that is often used for dipping sauce or soup for Soba dishes or Udon dishes. But it’s also used for various stewing type of dishes in Japan (Eg Nikujaga).
Linguistically, tsuyu also means rainy season in Japanese (梅雨).
What does Tsuyu taste like?
It’s similar to soy sauce, but it’s sweeter and can taste more depth of flavour.
Is Tsuyu sauce vegan?
Generally speaking, it depends on what the broth is taken from. The broth is taken from Kombu seaweed or Shiitake mushrooms, then yes but the one with bonito flakes are also common, so in that case, it’s not always vegan friendly.Print