18l wholesale box of Honteri mirin-style seasoning

How to Use Honteri in Your Restaurant Meals

14th February, 2022

Honteri is Mizkan Chef’s specially crafted ingredient that is similar to mirin, but with lower alcohol content. Chefs can use this seasoning to add an umami flavour, mild acidity, or sweetness to a variety of dishes.

Let’s learn what this versatile product is made of, its various uses and which dishes chefs can replicate for their own restaurants.

What is Honteri?

Honteri is an authentic mirin-style sweet seasoning, the only difference is that the former contains only 0.5% alcohol, meaning it’s easier to use than mirin, which requires boiling for the alcohol to evaporate.

The seasoning can be added to both sweet and savoury dishes. Chefs can use it as a direct sugar replacement for sweet dishes or add a small quantity to savoury dishes for complex sweetness and subtle umami taste. This is a quicker and easier alternative that will give chefs the depth of flavour they’re looking for.

Honteri Ingredients

The complexity and deep flavour of Honteri comes from its ingredients. The seasoning is made of:

  • Glucose syrup
  • Spirit vinegar
  • Water
  • Fermented rice alcohol (made of water, rice, alcohol, salt and rice malt)
  • Sugar
  • Citric acid
  • Cane molasses

Honteri Uses

Honteri mirin is used in many ways, in many different dishes, for example:

  • To add a firm texture to soft vegetables and fish
  • As a marinade for meat
  • As an odour remover from seafood
  • Sugar replacement
  • In dipping sauces
  • In sorbets, as it keeps a light temperature in the freezer
  • Glucose replacement
  • Pan de-glazer
  • To add a glossy shine to dishes

Honteri Recipes

Our recipes page has plenty of unique recipes containing Honteri, created from our experienced chefs. If you’re looking for inspiration as to what dish you should try to replicate or incorporate in your restaurant menu, here are our top favourites:

Starter: Peppercorn Pork & Pickled Apple Yakitori
These pork skewers are a perfect starter to feature on your restaurant menu. Glazed in a sweet and savoury sauce, containing Honteri, this dish is a Japanese street food classic.

Main: Glazed Chicken Thigh with Black Sesame & Green Onion

Skewered chicken topped with green onions and sesame seeds

This chicken skewers dish is simple yet flavourful. Particularly fitting for a summertime menu, the pairing of Shiragiku vinegar and Honteri gives this dish umami overtones that Japanese cuisine lovers will surely appreciate.

Dessert: Fluffy Japanese Souffle Pancakes
Finish off a three-course meal with delicious Honteri-flavoured Japanese pancakes. The seasoning isn’t only added to the pancake mixture, but also used as a sauce to mask the redcurrant’s sour flavour – a perfectly balanced dessert great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Drink: Honteri Martini
If you’re feeling extra creative, why not add a little Honteri touch to your drinks menu? With just a few simple ingredients, you’ll have unique cocktails rounded with depth of flavour and sweetness.

Are you ready to make Honteri your secret weapon and keep customers coming back for more? Get in touch with our team for details on how to purchase the product. Alternatively, sign up to our newsletter for all the latest news, updates, and trends within the Japanese foodservice industry.