Yakitori Series: Part I – Tare


Special Yakitori sauce used for seasoning skewered pieces of chicken is called “Tare”. At Yakitori restaurant, it is usually made of soy sauce, sake, and glutinous malt sugar syrup or honey. Skewered chicken is cooked on preheated grill then the chicken skewers are dipped into the Tare sauce. They repeat the process and keep adding sauce ingredients. It become delicious because it combined with oil and Umami from chicken dipped in the sauce. It is similar to Teriyaki sauce.

400 ml Sake
400 ml Mirin, Shirakiku (not Honteri or Ajimirin brand)
150ml Soy sauce
60ml Sugar

1. Combine sake and mirin and bring to boil to evaporate alcohol for about 20 minutes.
2. Add sugar and soy sauce and stir to combine.
3. For more flavor add roasted chicken bones, green onions, garlic, and ginger and boil for another 20 minutes.

Over time, dipping yakitori skewers dipped into pot.