Honteri - Alternative to Mirin | Mizkan Chef


Honteri is extremely versatile and can be used in many dishes, such as ramen noodles, teriyaki, yakitori, dipping sauces, marinades, salad dressing, desserts and so much more! The possibilities are endless.

Ingredients: Glucose syrup, water, spirit vinegar, fermented rice alcohol (water, rice, alcohol, salt, rice malt), sugar, acidity regulator: citric acid, cane molasses

Gluten free, suitable for vegetarians, GMO free

1.8L New!
Also available in 275ml and 568ml format

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economical & efficient

Compared to Mirin, Honteri contains less than 0.5% alcohol. Typically, Mirin has to be boiled when cooking to evaporate off the alcohol. With Honteri, there is no need to do this, meaning you can get the same great flavour with less effort and a smaller quantity.

Compared to using sugar to sweeten your dishes, Honteri adds a complex and rounded sweetness, helping to accent and balance savoury flavours. As it is made from fermented rice seasoning, Honteri incorporates glucose, maltose and other sugars and glutamic acid which, when heated with the amino acids in food, react to give a sweet and complex umami flavour and a toasty aroma.

Being a liquid, it incorporates easily with other ingredients and also caramelises faster than sugar and is less likely to burn.

Honteri can be used as a 1:1 replacement for sugar, and once you’ve tried it, it will be your secret weapon to getting to more complex sweetness more quickly and easily.


Honteri contains a complex sweetness and umami flavour that can help you balance different flavours for great tasting sauces.

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Honteri adds a depth of flavour to a variety of stocks and soups – from ramen and udon!

Learn to master the basics


Chefs in the industry share their top tips and why Honteri is their secret weapon in the kitchen:


Tip 1 – Add Honteri for firmer texture in soft vegetables or fish. Honteri helps to hold the proteins together for a soft but firm texture.

Tip 2 – To make a gravadlax style fish, cure the fish in Honteri for 24-48 hours before removing and adding the pour-over sauce. Alternatively, marinate suitable raw fish in Honteri for 20 minutes for a firm, tasty crudo.

Tip 3 – Braise aubergines in Honteri to add a depth of sweetness and shine, and also a firmer bite.


Tip 1 – Honteri makes a great replacement for sugar in caramel sauce – as a liquid, it is more cohesive and less likely to end up with lumps and doesn’t crystallise, like sugar.

Tip 2 – Honteri makes perfect sorbet – simply combine with fruit purée, churn and freeze. It keeps a light texture in the freezer.

Tip 3 – Honteri also acts as a great replacement to glucose as you can create less sweet flavour profiles.


Tip 1 – Honteri works brilliantly to de-glaze a pan for making meaty braises and stews. What would have taken a bottle of wine and 20 minutes to reduce took just 2 minutes with 150ml of Honteri – and it gave such silky body and sweetness to the finished dish.

Tip 2 – Honteri is a great replacement to wine because it’s alcohol free. Deglazing with Honteri is also much quicker as Honteri does not need time to cook out and evaporate off the alcohol.

Tip 3 – Replacing wine with Honteri allows other ingredients to come through more as Honteri brings a more subtle, creamier note than wine. Great with risottos.


A crispy, deep fried tomato presented in a fragrant aromatic agedashi sauce.


15 mins

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A decadent chocolate cake with hints of miso adding depth and umami, topped with lashings of butter cream icing infused with cinnamon Honteri.


28 mins

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Turkey Hambaagu

A Japanese-style burger drizzled with a rich and flavoursome Teriyaki Honteri glaze.


22 mins

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