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Sansho Ponzu Sauce

Combination of soy sauce, daidai citrus and sansho powder (did you know sansho also belongs to citrus family?) create such refreshing bright aroma and kick in this quick dipping sauce. Adjust the amount of sansho powder according to your taste (or tolerance to its numbing heat). Originally introduced to serve with Shiso Chicken Meatball and Grated Daikon Hot Pot, this sauce is good for any hot pot dishes, or as a dipping sauce for gyoza dumplings.


Kanzuri Yuzu Sauce

Just mix equal parts of the hot and umami-rich Kanzuri and Yuzu Juice, and it becomes a perfect aromatic condiment with a kick. I like it with any rice dish (like my Corn Rice), noodle, or grilled meat (great with yakitori, too).


Yuzu-Kosho Mayo Dipping Sauce

Made from Japanese mayonnaise, Yuzu juice, Yuzu-Kosho, and chives, this is a super quick dipping sauce which can be made with everything I always have in my fridge, and it always tastes so good. You can adjust the amount of the yuzu-kosho according to your taste. This sauce is great with Salt-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes made in Fukkura-san, or grilled vegetables, fish, etc.


Daidai Chive Sauce

Daidai Asatsuki Sauce

Very aromatic Daidai Citrus Juice and the umami-rich Ayu Fish Sauce create such a brightly refreshing flavor, and the generous amount of chives gives the nice herbal touch to the sauce. The golden sesame oil brings nutty character. This sauce takes no time to make, and it’s very versatile. So, enjoy with simple steamed fish, chicken, tofu, etc.


Orange Marmalade

This recipe is by Yuko, who is a TOIRO’s beloved member and also a super-talented pastry chef. She taught me how to make orange marmalade step-by-step and it was like a magic. As the orange parts get cooked down in the donabe, the color became brighter, and eventually the most delicious marmalade was made. While many marmalade recipes use only half amount of the rind from the oranges, Yuko’s version uses all the rind, and it creates the beautiful texture without making it too chunky or bitter. Also, the amount of sugar used in this recipe is much less than regular marmalade recipe. So, it’s not very sweet, but it’s so full of flavors and delightful.



Sansho Mayo

Just mix mayonnaise and some sansho powder, and all-purpose condiment is ready in a few seconds. Sansho adds the beautiful aromatic touch with tong-numbing spicy kick in the finish. Adjust the amount of sansho according to your taste. This condiment is great with smoked dish, fried chicken, fresh vegetable sticks, and so many more.



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