28 December 2023

How to Use Honteri in Your Restaurant Meals ?

Honteri is Mizkan Chef’s specially crafted ingredient that is similar to mirin, but with almost no alcohol. 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? 

Mizkan Honteri

Picture: Mizkan’s Honteri

Honteri is an authentic mirin-style sweet seasoning, the only difference is it 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 

Honteri Mizkan

Picture: Honteri 

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 utilisation

Picture: 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

Mizkan’s website has plenty of unique recipes containing Honteri, created from our experienced chefs.
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

Yakitori Mizkan

Picture: 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.
Full recipe available here: Peppercorn Pork & Pickled Apple Yakitori – Mizkan (mizkanchef.com)


Main: Tonkotsu Ramen 

Ramen Tonkotsu

Picture: Tonkotsu Ramen

This authentic Tonkotsu ramen is the perfect winter warmer comfort food made with aromatic pork, ginger, chilli and garlic stock. Honteri is used in the ramen soup and to season the aromatic pork. This dish is so delicious it deserves a permanent space in your winter menu. 
Full recipe available here: Authentic Tonkotsu Ramen Recipe | Mizkan Chef 



Honteri Boisson Mizkan

Picture: Drinks made of Honteri

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? 
Full recipe available here : Mulled Honteri Recipe | Mizkan Chef 


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 *Article written by Mizkan for Foodex