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October 01st, 2010 44 Comments

Mizkan, Bringing Flavor to Life

I am very thrilled to announce that I have partnered with Mizkan Americas on an exciting Japanese recipe development project. In the next three months, I will be sharing many Japanese recipes with you using my favorite Mizkan products. You will learn how to make some popular and healthy Japanese dishes using Mizkan Japanese condiments. There is also a raffle in December where you can win a Mizkan gift basket, so please stay tuned for updates on Rasa Malaysia.

When I first started cooking Japanese food at home, the very first Japanese condiment that I purchased was Mizkan. I was attempting California roll for the first time and I picked up a bottle of Mizkan legendary rice vinegar per my Japanese friend’s recommendation. As the #1 brand for vinegar and vinegar-related condiments in Japan, the rice vinegar worked like a wonder and my California roll was an instant success. I soon realized that I could learn to make great Japanese food at home, or duplicate a Japanese meal that I had in my favorite restaurant with the right products, and at a fraction of the cost!

I soon stocked up more Mizkan products in my pantry. In no time, I learned making teriyaki sauce from scratch, whipping up udon, ramen, and soba, and expanded my culinary repertoire to include many popular Japanese dishes. I just loved it that Mizkan’s condiments are so easy-to-use, healthy, and most importantly, delivers authentic flavors.

Mizkan Japanese brand products are traditional and authentic Japanese products with over 205 years of history in Japan. In the United States, the products are distributed by Mizkan Americas and the products offered are very close to the ones Mizkan Japan has in Japan. The formula and label are almost identical. Mizkan Americas supplies many of its Mitsukan brand Japanese condiments to the Asian section of mainstream supermarkets: 99 Ranch, Mitsuwa, H Mart, etc.  They can also be found at select Wal-Mart Supercenters, and food stores specializing in Japanese products. The wide distribution and accessibility of the products mean that home cooks can easily purchase Mizkan condiments and attempt to make authentic Japanese food at home anytime you wish.

Other than being the leader in the consumer space, Mizkan is also the preferred brand in the food services industry and widely used in Japanese restaurants. My uncle, who is a huge food connoisseur once told me that the best condiments are the ones used by restaurants. I am a firm believer that chefs and restaurateurs know (and use) only the best!

Here are the Mizkan products that I highly recommend—they are my must-have’s. Mizkan condiments are all about “Bringing Flavor to Life” so you can splash, pour, drizzle, and infuse them into your favorite food and recipes for authentic flavor, aroma, and richness in taste.  Now, let’s check them out.

Mizkan Rice Vinegar

Mizkan rice vinegar is natural fermented vinegar made from 100% rice. It’s mild, tangy and not overpowering when used for cooking. I use Mizkan rice vinegar to make sushi rice and to zest up many Japanese and Asian dishes.

Mizkan Sushi Seasoning

Mizkan Sushi Seasoning is grain vinegar seasoned with sweetener and salt. It’s used for sushi rice in Japan and also great for Japanese salad (SUNOMONO) or marinade. This is the all-in-one sushi seasoning that makes sushi making as easy as 123.

Mizkan AJIPON® Ponzu Citrus Seasoned Soy Sauce

Ponzu is basically soy sauce seasoned with citrus juice and vinegar. I was instantly hooked on ponzu the first time I tasted it. I use it as a dipping sauce for sushi, sashimi, dumpling, hot pot, salad, and more. I just love the refreshing and clean taste of ponzu.

Mizkan HONTERI® Mirin Seasoning

Normally Mirin contains about 10% alcohol but Mizkan Mirin is alcohol free, so everyone—regardless of your religion or origin—can use it to make delicious and authentic Japanese dishes at home. I love the mild sweetness it adds to my teriyaki sauce, sukiyaki sauce, etc. The flavor is so great I often use it when I want to add a tint of sweetness to my dishes!

Mizkan (Bonito Flavored) Soup Base

Soy sauce with bonito flavor is another product I newly discovered; I use it so much that it’s slowly replacing my regular soy sauce. My Japanese friends also told me to buy soy sauce with bonito flavor and they are absolutely right.  The bonito flavor adds an extra dimension of taste and “umami” to many Japanese and Asian dishes. Other than that, it’s  a soup base for Japanese noodles such as udon and soba. All you have to do is dilute the sauce with some water and you will have a serving of your favorite Japanese noodles.

To learn more about Mizkan, please check out Mizkan Japanese condiment page. To buy Mizkan products, please refer to the store locator with Mizkan products, to shop online, buy from Mizkan Online Store. You can also check out these featured recipes on Mizkan.

Additional Resources:

How to make seaweed salad with Mizkan sushi seasoning – Korean with English subtitles.

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Making of a tofu salad with Mizkan salad dressing – Korean with English subtitles.

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How to make a salad with Mizkan Ginger dressing – Korean with English subtitles

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Making sushi in Korean

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How to make Sushi Rice – Spanish

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZofC3V37aA&p=51F5550C3EFD028A&playnext=1&index=47

Mizkan Japanese TV Ads:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiu0tY1VRBk

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44 comments... read them below or add one

  1. Ann says:

    How funny ironic, I just posted a grilled ginger chicken yakitori recipe yesterday, and the brand of mirin I used was Mizkan Honteri, I have the picture of the bottle on my blogpost too! Looking forward to seeing your new Japanese recipes =)

  2. Helen says:

    I love Japanese food but always confused by the many different condiments sold at the local Japanese stores. This is great because I can learn how to make Japanese recipes and know which brand to choose now! Your recipes always work, and that’s why I always refer to your blog for new ideas!

  3. I use a lot of Mizkan products too!

  4. Jennyfer says:

    I’ve seen this product at Asian stores but never know how to use them. Looking forward to your recipes using the Mizkan products. I hope you can do more posts like this so people like me who are not familiar with Asian products can learn how to use them to make Asian food at home.

  5. Vonny says:

    Congratulations on the partnership with Mizkan!

  6. Oh! I use this brand as well! Especially the mirin.

    • Penny – great to know that you can get Mizkan products in Australia. It just shows that good products are available in many different places because the demand is there.

  7. Faridah says:

    I also use Mizkan mirin, which is 100% alcohol free. I am a Muslim so it’s perfect. I can make Japanese food at home.

    • Faridah – I get a lot of emails from my Muslim readers who can’t consume alcoholic products, and I am so happy that now I can refer them to purchase Mizkan Honteri mirin to make authentic Japanese dishes at home!

  8. That is so cool…I enjoy using their products too specially the mirin and rice vinegar!

  9. ET says:

    Congratulations!! love all your blog and recipes. Looking forward to seeing your new Japanese recipes :)

  10. I’ve always wanted to try cooking Japanese recipes so I am excited to know what you will come up with for new recipes.

  11. Joe says:

    Mizkan is great, whenever I visit Japan all my friends there seem to use it. I just wish I could buy it in England.

  12. Bill Barilko says:

    Happy to see you partnering up with such a quality company.

    Here in Vancouver the Mitsukan brand from Mizkan is found in many stores and has long been a personal favourite.

  13. Shao Lee says:

    Thank you for the review of this Japanese brand. I have a Japanese grocery store near me and I never know what to buy. Now I can try some of your recipes and not be nervous about the outcome :)

  14. Balitong says:

    Is Mizkan’s Honteri Mirin 100% alcohol free or just non-alcoholic, as there is a difference. Mizkan’s US website states that it is only non-alcoholic. While its Japanese site and other sites that sell Mizkan’s Honteri Mirin list it as having alcohol content of 0.9%. I hope that you maybe able help me with this as it would be fantastic if it was 100% alcohol free.

  15. Airell says:

    I used Mizkan rice vinegar to make sushi roll. The taste turned out much better than other brand. The rice vinegar has a sense of sweetness which i like. And it is a must for my sushi roll now!

  16. Janice says:

    where can i buy these Mizkan? i wanna try out their rice vinegar.. it looks nice. its my 1st time browsing your website found it very good…like your website.

  17. sueyang says:

    Hi, i like the citrus aroma of the Mizkan Honteri sweet seasoning. Do u know what is the ingredient?

  18. Aisha says:

    Honteri is not free from alcohol
    if you read the ingredients in it you should know.

    Ingredients:
    Glucose Syrup, Water, Sugar, Spirit Vinegar, Rice, Alcohol, Salt, Acidity Regulator(Phosphoric Acid), Cane Molasses, Citric Acid

    Source: http://www.mizkan.co.uk/brands/info-pages/honteriseasoning.asp

  19. kideq says:

    can I ask something? is it all the products from MIZKAN are HALAL.. soory for asking.. coz I’m a MUSLIM and a bit worried in consuming the products.. TQ..

  20. Susan says:

    Where can I buy mizkan product in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    • I think you can get it from stores with Japanese products or Cold Storage, Carre Four.

    • Jayne says:

      Susan, you would have probably found it by now but I got mine at Carrefour. I’ve seen it in Jusco, Cold Storage and Jaya Grocer. It’s pretty much widely available. I didn’t know about Mizkan until this post so I’ve been on the lookout. Hope you found some!

  21. elny says:

    Hi,
    I found your website is very interesting and helpful with lots of useful information. I have some questions:
    1. which product of Mizkan do you use for sushi rice and what is the composition ratio (eg. 100 mg rice used 10ml mizkan)?
    2. is ponzu soysauce to be used for sushi/sashimi dipping sauce?
    3. Do you add any ingredients for udon/soba dipping sauce when using Mizkan (Bonito Flavored) Soup Base? eg. add konbu when boiling Bonito soup base.

    many thanks for your answer.
    Elny

  22. eddie1 says:

    i am starting to use a wok for cooking my meal what seasoning should i get for starting out

  23. Carmen says:

    Thanks for the mirin alternative. I have used their vinegar before but didnt know the mirin was alcohol free. Salud!

  24. Prissy Cerrato says:

    I AM IN LOVE WITH RHIS WEBSITE! So many yummy dishes, easy step by steps and best shopping guide ever! Thank you so much!

    From San Diego CA!
    Prissy

  25. ng kai yau says:

    Where to buy in kuala lumpur or nearby puchong?

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