Asian Food: 7 Tasty Mirin Recipes

June 28, 2019

Yearning to spice up your cooking? Want to add a sweet and salty combination to your Asian food recipes? Why not grab a bottle of mirin and add a little booze to your dishes? While not internationally famous, mirin is truly an awesome Japanese rice wine and condiment that should be on your kitchen. From the beloved chicken teriyaki to the soupy ramen, mirin has been, for decades, a staple in Japanese and Asian food recipes. And, guess what? Like a seasoned culinary specialist, you can also seamlessly incorporate mirin to your cooking.

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Need some tips on how to use mirin? Searching for incredibly delicious Asian food recipes that use this Japanese ingredient? You surely are in luck, as we’ve listed a handful of fabulous mirin-infused Asian food recipes.

Asian Food Recipes


1. Korean lamb shanks with potato mash and swede 

Into Korean and Asian food? Well, you might want to try this fabulous makeover of this familiar Korean dish.

Ingredients

For the potato mash and swede:

  • - Splash milk
  • - 4 tablespoons of butter
  • - 1 peeled swede, chopped into tiny pieces
  • - 3 roughly chopped potatoes

For the lamb shanks:

  • - Freshly ground black pepper
  • - Sea salt
  • - 50 grams of toasted sesame seeds
  • - 2 thinly sliced spring onions
  • - 400 milliliters of chicken stock
  • - 2 lamb shanks  
  • - 2 tablespoons of olive oil

For the sauce:

  • - 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • - 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • - 1 tablespoon of honey
  • - 3 tablespoons of mirin
  • - 4 centimeters of peeled fresh root ginger (finely chopped)
  • - 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • - 5 cloves of garlic
  • - 4 tablespoons of Korean chili paste (Gochujang)

Instructions

  • - Start this Asian food recipe by preheating the oven at 160 C.
  • - Put every sauce ingredient into a food processor and keep blitzing it, until it gets smooth.
  • - Heat the oil, over a medium heat, using a heavy and large casserole dish with a lid (tight-fitting). Then, add the lamb shanks and make sure it turns all brown.
  • - Put the swede and potatoes in a big pan of salted water and boil it. Cook it for around 15 to 20 minutes, or wait until it becomes tender. Afterwards, drain it, and mash with milk and butter. Don’t forget to season it well.
  • - On a large plate, dollop mash, and put a lamb shank on top of it. Afterwards, drizzle some of its sauce, and sprinkle some sesame seeds and spring onions.
  • - Serve this Asian food.
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2. Chicken Teriyaki: a favorite Asian food

No list of the best-tasting Asian food recipes is complete without the inclusion of Chicken Teriyaki. Slightly sweet and salty, it’s an irresistible dish that’s perfect for everyone.

Ingredients

  • - 250 grams of medium egg noodles
  • - 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • - 1 chopped garlic clove
  • - 2 teaspoons of fresh, grated root ginger
  • - 2 tablespoons of sake
  • - 4 tablespoons of mirin
  • - 4 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • - 2 tablespoons of honey
  • - 4 chicken thighs

Instructions

  • - With a sharp and small knife, gently remove all the chicken thigh bones.
  • - Blend garlic, ginger, sake, mirin, soy sauce and honey together in a large bowl.
  • - Put the chicken thighs in the marinade and make sure to cover it thoroughly with the sauce. Then, transfer the chicken thighs to the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
  • - In a frying pan, heat the vegetable oil, as soon you’re ready to cook the chicken thighs. On a piece of kitchen paper, dry the chicken’s skin side, so it will turn crispy when fried. Over a medium heat, put the chicken thighs, skin side down, in the frying pan. Keep frying it, until the skin turns brown Depending on the frying pan’s sizes, you may have to fry the thighs in batches.
  • - Turn down the pan’s heat to low. Afterwards, turn the chicken thighs over to fry the other side.
  • - Pour the teriyaki sauce (the one used to marinate the thighs) into the pan. On a low heat, simmer it for about 5 minutes. Increase the temperature, and keep cooking it until the sauce turns thick.
  • - Cook the noodles, based on the packet instructions.
  • - Slice the chicken and put it on a plate with the cooked noodles. Pour the thick teriyaki sauce over the cooked chicken.
  • - Serve this Asian food.
chicken teriyaki

3. Singapore Style Noodles 

Packed with vegetables, fried egg and meat, this wondrous Asian food will surely appease your palate.

Ingredients

  • - 2 spring onions (sliced lengthways)
  • - Sesame oil
  • - 1 lightly beaten egg
  • - 1 tablespoon of mirin
  • - 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce
  • - 2 tablespoons of light soy sauce
  • - 1 teaspoon of red chili flakes (dried)
  • - 150 grams of vermicelli noodles (dried), soaked in hot water for about 10 minutes
  • - 100 grams of shredded cooked chicken breasts
  • - Bean sprouts
  • - Carrots (sliced into batons)
  • - 1 sliced red pepper (seeds removed)
  • - 100 grams of finely chopped bacon
  • - 175 grams of raw tiger prawns (deveined and shelled)
  • - 2 tablespoons of ground turmeric
  • - 5 fresh sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • - 1 deseeded red chili (fine chopped)
  • - 1 tablespoon of root chopped ginger
  • - 2 tablespoons of groundnut oil

Instructions

  • - Start cooking this Asian food by heating the oil in a wok (Chinese-style cooking pan). If you don’t have a pan, look for something that’s pretty similar. Stir-fry the turmeric, chili and ginger for a few seconds.
  • - Add the prawns to the mixture, and fry for a minute or when they start turning pink. Add in the bacon and cook it for a minute.
  • - Add the bean sprouts, carrot and red pepper and cook it for 90 seconds. Add the cooked chicken to the mixture and stir it well.
  • - Drain the noodles, and put it into the pan or wok. Cook it for a couple minutes. Afterwards, stir in the mirin, oyster sauce, soy sauce and dried chilies.
  • - Add the egg (beaten) and gently stir, until it’s thoroughly cooked. Sprinkle some sesame oil and garnish with spring onions.
  • - Serve this Asian food immediately.
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4. Asian-inspired cod with stir fry 

Looking for healthy vegetarian Asian food recipes? Craving some tasty yet nutritious Asian dish? With a whopping protein content of 30 grams per serving, health buffs will definitely love this Asian food recipe!

Ingredients

  • - 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds (toasted)
  • - Sprigs fresh coriander
  • - 50 grams of thinly sliced mangetout
  • -1 small thinly sliced carrot
  • - ½ thinly sliced red pepper
  • - 2 teaspoons of sunflower oil
  • - 1 teaspoon of rice vinegar
  • - 1 tablespoon of mirin
  • - 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • - 50 grams of boneless haddock fillet

Instructions

  • - Put the fish in a clean plastic food bag. Then, add rice vinegar, mirin and soy. Shake it well, and freeze or refrigerate it, until it’s ready to cook.
  • - Preheat your grill to the hottest setting. Soon after, line a tiny roasting tin using foil.
  • - Drain the fish while preserving the marinade. Place the fish on your foil, and grill it for around 5 minutes or when it’s cooked thoroughly.
  • - Over a high heat, heat a small frying pan or wok, and add the oil. Put in the vegetables and stir-fry it for about 30 seconds. Add the marinade and a couple tablespoons of water. Cook it for a minute or two, or when it’s really hot.
  • - Put the vegetables on a warm, clean plate and top it with the fish. Sprinkle over the coriander (if available) and sesame seeds.
7 Mouthwatering Asian Food Recipes With Mirin

5. Vietnamese Noodle Salad 

Speaking of healthy Asian food, you might also want to try the Vietnamese Noodle Salad. Not only is it healthy, but it’s pretty stylish and has a lemony fresh taste as well.

Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • - 3 red chopped chilies (seeds removed)
  • - 4 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • - 1 finely diced red onions
  • - 1 tablespoon of shredded mint leaves
  • - 2 fine chopped cloves garlic
  • - 1 piece of ginger (finely chopped)
  • - 2 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • - 2 tablespoons of chopped lemongrass
  • - 4 tablespoons of mirin
  • - 2 tablespoons of sesame oil

Main:

  • - 2 chicken breasts
  • - 2 tablespoons of groundnut oil
  • - 75 grams of blanched bean sprouts
  • - 75 grams of toasted cashew nuts
  • - 1 small shredded chill (seeds removed)
  • - 200 grams of mung bean noodles

Instructions

  • - Boil water on a large pan. Add noodles and cook for 3 minutes or when it becomes tender. Using a colander, drain the noodles and rinse it with cold running water. Let it cool down a bit before tossing the blanched bean sprouts, cashew nuts and chilies.
  • - Over a high heat, heat the groundnut oil in a pan, and stir-fry the chicken, until it turns golden brown (about 2 to 3 minutes). Remove it from the pan, and set it aside, in the meantime.
  • - As for the dressing, whisk all its ingredients and condiments together. Don’t forget to taste it, and make some changes if needed. Drizzle around half of the dressing over the noodles, and make sure to stir it well, so they’ll mix well together.
  • - Put the cooled pieces of chicken on top of the cooked noodles. Then, spoon over the dressing left. Garnish with some mint sprigs before you serve this healthy Asian food.
7 Mouthwatering Asian Food Recipes With Mirin

6. Beef Tataki 

Beef Tataki is a classic and quintessential Japanese appetizer that will delight sashimi fanatics. Besides its flavorful taste, it’s also a fairly easy and simple to prepare Asian food recipe.

Ingredients

  • - Slices of toasted break
  • - A pinch of Sichuan pepper
  • - 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds
  • - 1 chopped finely scallion
  • - 5 drops of sesame oil
  • - 2 tablespoons of sake
  • - 5 teaspoons of mirin
  • - 1 ½ tablespoon of cornstarch
  • - 1 ½ tablespoon of soy sauce
  • - ¾ ounces of cooked beets
  • - 1 skirt of steak
  • - Sunflower oil

Instructions

  • - Heat a non-stick skillet and add a drop of sunflower oil. Once the skillet gets pretty hot, briefly sear the skirt steak on each side, so that it remains rare.
  • - Place the cooked meat on some paper towels, and store it in the fridge.
  • - Blend the soy sauce with the beets in a food processor’s bowl.
  • - Using a bowl, dissolve the cornstarch with the mirin, and add it to the beets. Then, transfer it to a saucepan.
  • - Over low heat, gently cook it for a minute, to create a smooth sauce.
  • - Let it cool down, before adding the sesame oil and sake. Keep whisking it, to keep the sauce wondrously smooth.
  • - Finely slice the meat, and put it on a serving dish. Combine it with some sauce and chopped scallion.
  • - Sprinkle with Sichuan pepper and toasted sesame seeds.
  • - Served the beef tataki chilled with warmed slices of toasted bread.
7 Mouthwatering Asian Food Recipes With Mirin

7. Souped up instant ramen

Think you need to be a Japanese culinary expert to create a fine tasting bowl of ramen? Amazingly, there are simple Asian food recipes that let you create savory and hearty ramen. Here’s a simple recipe that will turn a pack of instant noodles into a glorious meal with a handful of simple additions.

 Ingredients

  • - 1 finely chopped spring onion
  • - 1 tablespoon of picked vegetables like ginger, bamboo shoots or kimchi
  • - Slices of chicken, ham or roasted pork (optional)
  • - 1 teaspoon of flavorful fat, like chicken fat, butter, chili oil, sesame oil, bacon fat or lard
  • - 1 pack of instant ramen
  • - Small handful of fresh greens, like bean sprouts, chopped cabbage or spinach
  • - 1 tablespoon of mirin
  • - 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • - 1 free range egg

Instructions

  • - Boil some water on a saucepan and carefully lower in the egg. Cook for about 6 ½ minutes.
  • - Remove the egg, and move it to a bowl with cool water. Leave to completely cool it.
  • - Peel the egg, and marinate it in the mirin and soy sauce for an hour.
  • - Blanch the green vegetables in the boiling water. Keep boiling it, until it becomes tender.
  • - Prepare and cook the instant ramen, according to the instructions.
  • - Garnish the cooked ramen with spring onion, meat, pickles, greens, egg and fat.
7 Mouthwatering Asian Food Recipes With Mirin

The truth is, there are countless of culinary possibilities with mirin. Trust us, anything can be improve by this one-of-a-kind subtly sweet, salty and shiny Japanese mixture. Whether you’re into Asian food or Western cuisines, there are plenty of clever and awesome ways to use it.

So, go ahead, experiment and incorporate it to any of your favorite dishes. Who knows? You might end up creating an extraordinary and super delectable recipe.

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Aldrich Infantado
Aldrich is a certified foodie and an eccentric bona fide travel junkie who thrives on outdoor adventures and exploring less explored paths.
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