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Shoyu Tare (Soy Sauce Seasoning for Ramen)

Shoyu Tare is the soy sauce seasoning and concentrated flavor base used in Japanese Shoyu Ramen. Tare is one of the most important elements in a good bowl of ramen. This is Part 1 of the Ramen At Home series for Traditional Shoyu Ramen.

Shoyu Tare (Soy Sauce Seasoning) for Ramen

Tare is one of the most important ingredients in a good bowl of ramen. It is the concentrated base that enhances the soup by adding salt and flavor. When you go to most ramen shops, you’ll often find the ramen categorized by tare.

The most common are miso, shio (salt), and shoyu (soy sauce).

This Shoyu Tare recipe is from the “Ramen at Home” cookbook by Brian MacDuckston of ramenadventures.com, and Part One of a six-part series featuring his Traditional Shoyu Ramen recipe.

Here are the links to the rest of the posts in this series:

How to Make Shoyu Tare

Grind 1 oz of dried fish and 1 large dried shiitake mushroom into a powder using a food processor. I used a Magic Bullet blender and it did the job perfectly. For the dried fish, Brian recommends anchovy, bonito or sardine).

I used anchovy in this recipe and really loved the flavor.

Shoyu Tare is the soy sauce seasoning and concentrated flavor base used in Japanese Shoyu Ramen; one of the most important elements in a good bowl of ramen.

Next, put 2 1/2 cups of water (see note below) in a large stockbot and add 2 oz of konbu.

Simmer for 2 minutes, then remove and discard the konbu.

Note:  The recipe in the cookbook calls for 1 3/4 cups of water, but the konbu and mushroom powder tends to absorb quite a bit of water so I would recommend adding more water so that there is more yield after you strain it.

Shoyu Tare is the soy sauce seasoning and concentrated flavor base used in Japanese Shoyu Ramen; one of the most important elements in a good bowl of ramen.

Add the fish-and-mushroom powder to the simmering water and bring it to a boil again. When it boils, remove it from the heat, and strain the liquid through a paper or cloth filter.

Brian recommends using a coffee filter for this task – brilliant! I used this and it worked perfectly.

Place the coffee filter in a large colander, then strain the tare liquid through it.

As mentioned earlier, the fish-and-mushroom powder does absorb a good amount of the water, so after the liquid has drained on its own (and cooled down!), squeeze the excess liquid from the pulp. I spooned the pulp on to a fresh coffee filter then used my hands to squeeze the excess liquid.

Shoyu Tare is the soy sauce seasoning and concentrated flavor base used in Japanese Shoyu Ramen; one of the most important elements in a good bowl of ramen.

Use a weighing scale to weigh the liquid. I ended up with 6.5oz.

Calculate 17% of this weight. This is the amount of salt you will add.

Using mine as an example, 17% of 6.5oz would be 1.105oz.  (6.5 X 0.17 = 1.105)

Shoyu Tare is the soy sauce seasoning and concentrated flavor base used in Japanese Shoyu Ramen; one of the most important elements in a good bowl of ramen.

Measure that amount in salt.

Add the salt to the liquid and mix well.

Shoyu Tare is the soy sauce seasoning and concentrated flavor base used in Japanese Shoyu Ramen; one of the most important elements in a good bowl of ramen.

Alternatively, if you do not want to use a weighing scale, you can measure out exactly 2 cups of the liquid (so you’d have to start with more water at the start) and add 1/3 cups + 1 teaspoon of salt.

Pour the liquid-and-salt mixture into a measuring cup. Measure out the same amount of *dark soy sauce (koikuchi) and add it to the bowl. Mix well.

I got almost 1 cup of the liquid-and-salt mixture, so I added 1 cup of soy sauce.

*A note about dark soy sauce: Japanese dark soy sauce is NOT the same as Chinese dark soy sauce so be sure to purchase a Japanese dark soy sauce for this recipe.

Chinese dark soy sauce is usually very thick and slightly sweet.

Japanese dark soy sauce, on the other hand, is very commonly used every day. Kikkoman brand soy sauce is often found in most restaurants across the United States and is considered a “dark soy sauce” in Japanese cuisine.

Shoyu Tare is the soy sauce seasoning and concentrated flavor base used in Japanese Shoyu Ramen; one of the most important elements in a good bowl of ramen.

The tare will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few months.

Traditional Shoyu Ramen

Shoyu Tare (Soy Sauce Seasoning) for Ramen

Shoyu Tare (Soy Sauce Seasoning for Ramen)

Char Ferrara
Shoyu Tare is the soy sauce seasoning and concentrated flavor base used in Japanese Shoyu Ramen; one of the most important elements in a good bowl of ramen.
4.70 from 23 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Use a spice grinder to grind the dried fish and dried shiitake mushroom into a powder.
  • Put the water in a large stockpot and add the konbu. Bring it to a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes, then remove and discard the konbu.
  • Add the fish-and-mushroom powder to the simmering water and bring it to a boil again. When it boils, remove from the heat and strain the liquid through a paper or cloth filter (a coffee filter works well for this).
  • If measuring the salt by weight, measure the weight of the liquid using a kitchen scale. Add 17% of this weight in salt.
  • Alternatively, measure out exactly 2 cups of the liquid and add 1⁄3 cup plus 1 teaspoon of salt. You will discard some of the liquid you made and thus have less tare in the end. (Again, it’s best to use the weight measurement.)
  • Mix the salt in well.
  • Pour the liquid-and-salt mixture into a measuring cup, then transfer to a large bowl. Measure out the same amount of soy sauce and add it to the bowl. Mix well.
  • The tare will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 25kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 4gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 5376mg
Keyword Japanese, noodles, ramen, shoyu, tare
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Shoyu Tare is the soy sauce seasoning and concentrated flavor base used in Japanese Shoyu Ramen; one of the most important elements in a good bowl of ramen.
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Sara

Sunday 18th of April 2021

Hello! One additional question: How much soy sauce to use? In the list of ingredients it says that there are two cups (in grams?), but in the instructions you say that you only used one cup because it was the equivalent of liquid + salt.

Char

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

Hi Sara. Sorry for the confusion! I recommend getting 2 cups of soy sauce ready, but you may not use all of that amount. After you add the salt to the liquid, pour it into a measuring cup and make note of that amount, then measure that same amount of soy sauce to add. I hope this helps!

Sara

Sunday 18th of April 2021

Hello, This recipe look awesome, but I have a concern. How much is 1 cup in terms of cl or ml?

Char

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

Hi Sara! 1 cup (US measurement) is 236ml.

Jbraun

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

I am sorry if I missed this, but... What is the Tare to broth ratio for the Shoyu? I bought Brian's book and I can't find it on page 62.

Jbraun

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

@Char, ignore last comment. Thank you!!!

Jbraun

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

@Char, thank you, But... There are not 5 cups in one bowl of Roman right?

Char

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

@Jbraun, Hi there! For Shoyu Ramen (https://www.wokandskillet.com/traditional-shoyu-ramen/), it's 1/2 cup of tare for 5 cups of chicken broth. This will give you 4 servings. Hope this helps!

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