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Easy Teriyaki Sauce recipe in 10 mins

8 Oct Teriyaki sauce -

I just got back from Japan. Mr T and I had a big eating trip and I only had Teriyaki once.  The only time I had teriyaki was when we had yakitori. Even then, it was a yakitori chain. This made me curious: Is teriyaki an authentic Japanese ingredient or a western invention of an eastern cuisine, just like admiral chicken in the US?

I could not find any official source but all my googling leads me to the definition of “Teriyaki”as a cooking method where meat are marinated in seasoned soy sauce and grilled. One thing for sure Teriyaki is a Japanese word. “Teri” refers to the shiny coat on the meat created by the sugar in the sauce and “Yaki” means grilled.

Some articles alluded to the fact that it is created outside Japan by Hawaiians of Japanese descent. Others suggested is a cooking method invented in Japan during 17th century, when Japan underwent an urbanisation. During this time, they were exposed to new ingredients and new cooking technique which give rise to “teriyaki”. In any case, Teriyaki was not as widely featured (almost non-existent) in Japan as compared to outside Japan.

Anyway, I have always make my own Teriyaki sauce ever since I got Harumi Kurihara cookbook – Harumi’s Japanese Home Cooking. Teriyaki sauce is easy to make. It can be made in a batch and store in an airtight container for weeks. The sauce can be to marinate meat, fish and even Tofu or even used on stir fry to spruce up a quick mid-week meals.



She has simplified Japanese home cooking making it possible for non-Japanese to create japanese dishes outside Japan. I recommend anyone who is interested in cooking homely Japanese food to check out the recipes.

Cooking time: 5 mins
Preparation time: 5 mins

1/2 cup Mirin
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 – 1.5 tbsp brown sugar (depending on how sweet you prefer)



  1. Pour mirin into a pot and cook over low hear for 1-2 minutes
  2. Add brown sugar and soy sauce into miring and cook for another minute or so, or until desired consistency


  1. For thicker consistency, simply cook for a longer time over low heat
  2. This seemingly easy recipe relies on japanese soy sauce – kikoman
  3. Using brown sugar will give the teriyaki sauce more character with a smokier flavour as compared to regular castor sugar
  4. If mirin is not available, rice wine can be used as a substitute


Teriyaki sauce -


Sunday lunch inspiration

25 Nov

Saturday was a sunny 32 degrees. It is so warm, I was craving for cold soba. Mr T is not a fan of cold soba so I have to find a compromise…

Today, I went through my library of recipe books and came across a Soba noodle with hot-smoked salmon and soy dressing recipe from Delicious – Simply the Best (ABC).

I don’t have hot-smoked salmon so replaced the smoked Salmon with Chicken Teriyaki instead. Another replacement I contemplated was to buy a box of sashimi from a sushi shop and served this chill. Welcome to Summer eating.

Coriander is essential for a refreshing dish.

Ingredients (serves 4)

1/2 cup rice vinegar

2 tbs finely grated ginger

1.5 tbs soy sauce

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tsp seasem oil

1/4 cup sunflower oil

270g soba noodles

2 x 150g Teriyaki Chicken (marinate the chicken with Teriyaki sauce and pan fried the chicken)

1 sheet nori seaweed


2 spring onions

2 tsp toasted sesame seeds



Combine vinegar, ginger, soy sauce, garlic and seasme oil in a bowl. Slowly whisk in the sunflower oil and set aside

Cook Soba noodle as per packet instruction

Drizzle dressing and toss to combine.

Garnish with spring onions, toasted sesame seeds and coriander before serving

Is a great looking dish, quick to make, healthy and tasty. Will make this again.

Sunday lunch inspiration

Chicken Teriyaki Soba

Tapas meatballs turn into main meal

18 Oct Zinnamon meatballs

I got this really cute tapas recipe book for birthday. I love it! The imagery and the layout are really pretty. I can also see myself using some of the recipes for party. Most importantly, the ingredients are easily available or those that are commonly used. I have always want to try something from this pretty book and,finally… I did it!

The little Tapas Book - more than 60 tempting little snacks

The little Tapas Book – more than 60 tempting little snacks

Mind you, I have this book with me since April.

The first recipe I tried was the meatball recipe. This is the original recipe.

Meatball Recipe

Mr T suggest making meatball spaghetti instead! That is a great idea.

Here’s what I did:

–  Follow the meatball recipe


– Pan fry the meatball until is cook outside. Is ok to be a little raw inside as we are going to continue cooking it

– Cheat my way with  spicy tomato sauce

– Pour in my favourite Bertolli Five Brothers Pasta Sauce Tomato & Basil pasta sauce instead

Bertolli Five Brothers Pasta Sauce Tomato & Basil

-Add cayenne peppers to liking and stir in parsley

Zinnamon meatball

– oh.. Remember to cook your pasta while all this is happening

I also used lamb and beef instead of pork and veal. It works out well. I have also tried pork and lamb mix for people with dietary restriction. Is also yum. So I think any combination should be good.

Have fun!!

Zinnamon meatballs

Zinnamon Meatball with Yearling Wine

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