Japanese Hon mirin the cooking wine
Japanese Hon mirin the cooking wine.
What is the mirin substitute?
Is there any mirin substitute?
What is the Hon mirin and Mirin-fu chomiryo?
Mirin is an essential condiment used in Japanese cuisine, consisting of 40 to 50 percent of sugar. It is a rice wine similar to sake but with a lower alcohol content.
There are three basic types which is Hon mirin, Shiro mirin, and Mirin-fu chomiryo meaning mirin like seasoning. It is less alcohol contants but same flavour. But I will tell you what is different.
Japanese-mirin contains alcohol so when you cook with fish or meat, it helps remove the fishy smell or meat smell. It helps penetrate the taste into the ingredients, and helps ingredients not break into pieces while cooking. Japanese-mirin contains sugar and it helps food taste sweeter (It is a different sweetness than sugar). If you are cooking teriyaki foods, it makes food glossy looking. Heat draws out the mirin and gives the ingredients a great aroma.
Hon-mirin’s sweetness is different than sugar because it contains d-glucose, oligosaccharide and other kinds of sugar. If you use Japanese-mirin, food tastes softer and elegant.
Also Hon-mirin has a different kind of sugar so it makes food shiny and glossy looking. Sake or other kind of sugars can not make same effect. I usually use sake for substitute but it makes taste a little bit different. If you can get Japanese-mirin, use it instead of sake.
I use both!
Hon mirin and sake contains 14% alcohol but Mirin-fu Chomiryo has only 1%. Hon mirin contains zero sodium, Mirin-fu Chomiryo has 1% sodium, and Sake has 2%. So both Japanese-mirin and sake has alcohol but it is a different ingredients.
Did you learn the difference?
Now, you are ready to cook!