Back when i lived in Madison,one of our favorite restaurants was Restaurant Muramoto,owned by Shinji Muramoto. he also owns a great madison sushi spot called Sushi Muramoto. I took a cooking class where he gave us several of his recipes from the restaurant which im going to share over the next few posts.
The first recipe is for what he calls his mother sauce or asian BBW sauce. Shinji said he got the recipe from his mother,hence the name. It is a versatile sauce that can be used in a lot of ways. the sauce can be kept in the fridge for several months and because it needs overnight to meld its not something that can be done right before making a meal. However its very easy to make
Asian BBQ/Mother Sauce
2 cups soy sauce
1 cup sake
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 Mirin ( a sweetened rice wine that most supermarkets hsould carry)
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 bunch leeks or scallions ,just the wide part
3 oz Ginger sliced but peeling isnt necessary
5 cloves garlic,peeled but left whole
1/2 lemon sliced
1/2 apple or pear sliced
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. reduce heat to medium and cook 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally
allow to cool and place in airtight container.
strain and store in fridge