Substitute Japanese Hon-Mirin (Sweet Rice Wine)

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Total Time
5 mins
5 mins

A quick way to blend a reasonable substitute for Mirin in Japanese sauces and dishes.

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  1. Mix sugar and water and bring to a slight boil for a few minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. Add Sake to the mixture a small bit at a time until the desired sweetness is achieved.
  4. True Hon-Mirin is very expensive and difficult to obtain outside of Japan.
  5. While this shortcut does not have the full flavor and complexity of a true Hon-Mirin, it is an adequate substitute when used as a sweetener in certian Japanese sauces such as teriyaki.