Updated: April 17, 2018
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2 Authentic Japanese Wafu (和風) Dressing Recipes

For a true taste of Japan, try these 2 easy wafu Japanese dressings you can make with a few basic Japanese ingredients. One is sesame and soy sauce base and the other one is onion and carrot base.

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Wafu Dressings

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Wafu (和風) is made of the characters for harmony (often refers to Japan) and wind (also means style). So in Japanese, wafu generally means Japanese style. When we talk about wafu dressings, it basically means a dressing with a flavor that comes from traditional ingredients such as sesame, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. These have now become widely available so you shouldn't have any problem making your own wafu dressing that is so much better than the commerical ones. Believe me, it's not that hard with the right ingredients! Here are two easy recipes you should try at home.

Soy Sauce And Sesame Wafu Dressing

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Ground sesame: 1 Tbsp
Toasted sesame seeds: 1/2 Tbsp
Sugar: 1 Tbsp
Soy Sauce: 2 Tbsp
Mirin: 2 Tbsp
Rice vinegar: 2 Tbsp
Olive oil: 2 Tbsp
Garlic: 1 clove
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Grind the 1 Tbsp of sesame seeds if you don't have some ground already, then simply add all the ingredients together and you are done!

A few pointers

It's better to have toasted sesame for a more intense flavor. If you happen to have tahini, it can substitute for the ground sesame seeds. If you don't have mirin, then add a little more vinegar and a little more sugar.

Onion Carrot Wafu Dressing

This one might not be exactly what you expect from a wafu dressing but it is extremely popular in Japan! It uses some soy sauce too and all the ingredients blend really well together. Give it a try!
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Onion: 1/2 of medium size
Carrot: 1/2 of medium size
Salt: 1/2 Tbsp
Sugar: 4 Tbsp
Soy sauce: 4 Tbsp
Rice vinegar: 6 Tbsp
Olive oil: 2/3 cup
Black pepper: to taste
Cut the onion and carrot into small pieces. Add everything to a blender or food processor and blend until you reach a smooth consistency. It will give you about 2 cups of dressing. Freshly made, the onion will give it quite a sharp taste but the sharpness will fade after a few hours.


Hope you'll enjoy making these wafu dressings! They go well with all kinds of vegetables but you can also try them with some tofu or deli meats.
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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