Guide For Choosing Traditional Japanese Condiments; Mirin & Japanese Soysauce

How to choose safe and Japanese Condiments, and what you should know about.


Mirin is translated to a sweet rice wine for cooking, but it’s non-alcohol, it is a fermented product. There are many Mirin like products (Mirin flavored liquid) with labels say Mirin in the market both in and outside of Japan. So it’s important to find real Mirin called “Hon-Mirin”.

If it says “Aji-Mirin”, avoid it, it means artificially flavored corn syrup. In Japan, artificial flavoring and additives are widely used in all types of food, and the allergic reactions to food additives are not considered as a common condition. So it’s your responsibility to choose wisely.

Eden Rice Cooking Wine and Ohsawa Organic Mirin are the real Mirin available in U.S.A.


Japanese Soy Sauce tastes different from Korean Soy Sauce and Chinese Soy sauce. To achieve authentic Japanese flavor when you cook Japanese dishes, Japanese Soy Sauces are recommended. But please note that many Japanese Soy Sauces contains wheat flour, read ingredients well before purchasing if you need to avoid gluten from your diet.

Make sure soybeans are Non-GMO, free of additional flavoring and preservative. Choose products with certified Organic logos, you won’t need to worry all the troubles. Final organic products can’t contain GMO and food additives.

There are many types of soy sauces by brewing methods and also soy sauce alike products. For Japanese cooking beginners, the very basic and economical one is Kikkoman Organic Soy Sauce. You can explore more organic soy sauces here.

Published by kiwami

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