A quick and satisfying dipping and marinade sauce in the broad style of the fantastic Japanese Ponzu.
When you’re not organised or don’t have the ingredients typically used to make a batch of Ponzu, here is a quick option.

  • Fish sauce (Thai or Vietnamese)
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Mirin ( a sweetened dilute sake product, frequently available in the Japanese section of a supermarket or in more controlled societies within the liquor section)
  • Light soy sauce (dark would also work)

In a small bowl add:
  1. 1 tsp Fish sauce
  2. 1Tbsp of light soy
  3. 2Tbsp vinegar
  4. 2 Tbsp Mirin
  5. Mix briefly and it’s ready to use.
Works well with grilled sliced steak in Japanese style, Gyoza and as a very light dipping sauce with dim sum style dumplings.
As simple as this is, it does improve standing overnight or longer refrigerated. Scaling up the volumes doesn’t cause any problems.