How to cook: Ramen with ponzu sauce How to cook: Ramen with ponzu sauce

In Japanese cooking, ponzu refers to any of various citrus juices. If citrus juice is mixed with soy sauce, dashi, rice vinegar and rice wine, then, it is called ponzu shoyu or ponzu sauce.

Serves one. Double, triple or quadruple the ingredients if you’re feeding others aside from yourself. Or if you can consume what is normally allotted to one person.


  • cooked ramen
    thin, thin slices of cooked beef (or pork or chicken)
    blanched vegetables (I used carrots and pak choi — substitute your preferred vegetables)
    about 2 c. of ponzu sauce

    To make 4 c. of ponzu sauce:

    4 c. of dashi or water
    a packet of bonito flakes (needed only if using water)
    a handful of kombu (needed only if using water)
    1/8 c. of light soy sauce
    1/4 c. of mirin (a variety of Japanese cooking wine)
    2 tbsps. of rice vinegar
    2 tbsps. of citrus juice (I used kalamansi)


  1. How to make ponzu sauce

    Those are kombu and bonito flakes in the photo. For further discussion, please refer to the how to make dashi entry as ponzu sauce starts with dashi. How to make ponzu sauce

    Place the dashi in a pot. If using water, place the water in the pot and add the bonito flakes and kombu. Add the soy sauce. How to make ponzu sauce

    Pour in the rice vinegar… How to make ponzu sauce

    … citrus juice and mirin. Boil everything together, uncovered, for about 20 minutes. Cool and strain. Ramen with ponzu sauce

    To assemble your ramen with ponzu sauce, place the cooked ramen in a bowl and top with the sliced meat and vegetables. Pour in the ponzu sauce. If you want your noodle soup hot, reheat the required amount of ponzu sauce before use.

Cooking time (duration): 30 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 1

Meal type: lunch / supper

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  1. monica hackett says

    i have tried your recipes and they are easy to follow. however, for ingredients not available in dubai, like the rice wine, mirin, sake, etc. what can be the substitute?
    hoping to hear from you soonest. thank you very much. more power to you. God bless.

  2. Connie says

    Although I’ve never tried it, WEstern cooks say sherry is a passable substitute for rice wine. Mirin and sake are rice wines, but sweeter. There really is no substitute as they give Japanese dishes their unique flavor.

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