I thought it’s a good idea to share the most useful Japanese ingredients with everyone who is interested in cooking Japanese food. I hope it will help you to decide which Japanese ingredients to buy first and try making a lot of Japanese food on my blog! Enjoy cooking with Japanese ingredients!!

Rank #

  1. Soy sauce
  2. Mirin
  3. Sake
  4. Miso paste
  5. Hondashi / Dashi
Rank#1. Soy sauce: Soy sauce is basically made from fermented soybeans, wheat, salt and water.
Rank#2. Mirin : Mirin is a sweet Japanese rice wine with a lower alcohol percentage, and sweeter than Sake.

Rank#3. Sake Sake is an alcoholic Japanese rice wine which is made by fermenting rice.
Rank#4. Miso paste Miso paste is made from fermented soybeans, Koji (cultured grain), and salt.
Rank#5. Hondashi Hondashi is bonito soup stock powders.
Rank#5. Dashi {Picture : Iriko (Japanese dried infant sardines) dashi} Dashi is Japanese soup stock or broth which is widely used for Japanese cooking.