3 Easy Recipes for Tasty Japanese Wafu Steak Sauce
Have you ever eaten or heard of Wafu steak? If not, you may wonder “what is the meaning of the word Wafu?
Actually, the Japanese term, “Wafu (和風)” literally means “Japanese-style”, but what does the “Wafu” come from?
The Sauce, Condiment, and Topping for Wafu Beef Steak
I think that, as far as beef steak is concerned, the Wafu especially comes from the sauce, condiment, and topping, by which the Japanese-style beef steak is characterized.
Basically, the sauce for Wafu beaf steak can be made from only 2 ingredients, soy sauce and Mirin sweet cooking rice wine.
However, in many cases, Japanese home cooks like to deepen the flavor and taste by adding a few other seasonings.
Speaking of the condiment for Wafu steak, we often have the Japanese-style beef steak with grated horseradish “Wasabi (ワサビ)“.
Lastly as for the topping, many Japanese like to put grated Daikon radish on Wafu beef steak and eat them together.
Additionally, as you can see in the photo, it is also good to garnish the Japanese-style beef steak with lemon slices and chopped green onions.
As a Whole
From the sauce, condiment, and toppings, generally the Japanese-style beef steak is refreshing in taste.
3 Easy Wafu Steak Sauce Recipes
Among these elements, I think the sauce is the key to making the Japanese-style beef steak delicious, so last I will introduce 3 easy and tasty Wafu steak sauce recipes from the following Japanese websites.
Kikkoman is a leading Japanese seasoning maker well-known for its soy sauce (Amazon.com). On the official website, the company recommends mixing their soy sauce and Mirin sweet cooking rice wine in the ratio of 1 : 1 to make steak sauce.
- Season a slice of beef with a dash of salt and pepper
- Cook the meat in a pan with some vegetable oil
- Add soy sauce and Mirin, and coat the meat quickly
- Arrange the beef in a plate and enjoy!
From Pokka Sapporo
Pokka Sapporo is a major Japanese company producing foods and beverages. On the official website, the maker recommends making steak sauce with soy sauce, Mirin sweet cooking rice wine, and their 100% lemon juice. The recommended mixing ratio of soy sauce, Mirin, and 100% lemon juice is Tbsp 1 : Tsp 2 : Tsp 2 (2 servings).
- Sprinkle a dash of salt and black pepper over a slice of beef
- Heat a pan with some oil and garlic over a low flame, and cook the meat
- Dish up the beef on a plate and put soy sauce, Mirin, and lemon juice
Lastly, I will introduce a popular authentic Wafu steak sauce recipe with good reputation from the major Japanese recipe site cookpad.com.
|Mirin sweet cooking rice wine||60cc|
|Sake rice wine||35cc|
- Put Mirin and Sake in a pot and heat the mixture to the boil so that the alcohol content will be evaporated
- Add soy sauce and sugar, and boil down the sauce moderately
- Ready to use, dress beef steak with the sauce and enjoy!
|Kikkoman Japan Made Soy Sauce, 33.8 Ounce||Kikkoman Manjo Aji Mirin, 17 fl oz|