Mayu with green onion, ginger, and soy sauce in addition to garlic? It was every bit as good as it sounds.
The recipe starts with lots of chopping and grating. Lots. So much that I gave up and cheated a little. Good to have a little pre-prepped garlic/ginger on hand 😉
Add your aromatics to a pan. Bout to have some tasty mayu aromatherapy. This next process (slowly burning everything) will fill your house for hours.
Keep the heat on low and an eye on the mixture constantly. Unlike some recipes which aim for a black mixture, this recipe only wants us to bring it to a coffee brown color. Still, I found it took almost an hour to carefully bring it to that point.
Once deep brown and delicious, add the mixture to your blender. Here’s where I made a crucial mistake: my blender is too large to blend up such a small amount.
Check the minimum volume of your blender before making this recipe. Next time, I will triple it to accommodate my blender size. I use a Vitamix with a 64 oz container, which seems to want at least 1 cup to blend up properly. YMMV.
Luckily, I had a backup. I added the mixture to a stein and went at it with a stick blender. While it did blend it up in the end, it took a lot of patience. I expect the Vitamix would have made it much smoother with much less effort.
Regardless, the final product was certainly a success. Be sure to mix it up before each use.
The verdict? Amazing flavor. I was surprised how palatable it was just on its own. I found myself looking for spoonfuls of broth that had extra mayu, and even went back to add a bit more to my bowl. I used this mayu along with this broth recipe, if you want to see it in action.
That being said, one size doesn’t fit all. While this mayu was super tasty, it was much less bitter than other mayu recipes (thinking of this one in particular). That bitterness could be desirable in certain bowls of ramen. Something I will keep in mind as I experiment with mayu in the future.
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 40 grams scallions
- 30 grams garlic (grated)
- 20 grams ginger (grated)
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce