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Definition of mirin

: a sweet Japanese cooking wine made from fermented rice

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The biggest comfort comes by way of dak jjim, braised chicken thighs with tender potatoes in a red gravy lightly sweetened with honey and mirin. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Aging is a very good thing at Anju in Dupont Circle," 6 Sep. 2019 In a medium bowl, combine the remaining ¾ cup stock, the soy sauce, sherry, mirin, fish sauce and sesame oil. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "Natalie Coughlin’s Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink Stir-Fry," 20 July 2019 The hot broth that is based on soy and mirin but that strangely, magically tastes like French onion soup. New York Times, "The Restaurant That Became Japan’s Unofficial Ambassador," 3 July 2018 Combine the soy sauce, honey, mirin, sesame oil, and Sriracha in a zip-close plastic bag. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Asian-style Glazed Flank Steak," 2 July 2018 Crouch said he's known for cooking outside of the box, and his fish dishes — served with a black garlic mirin emulsion and fresh seaweed — will stay on brand. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "$300 mushrooms might be a risk. But for Kentucky Derby, Louisville chefs hold nothing back," 17 Apr. 2018 For a tasty salmon marinade, mix miso with ingredients like mirin, vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "10 Foods Filled With Probiotics," 12 Apr. 2018 The sauce starts with Japanese curry powder that's enriched with leftover pork juices from sister restaurant Johnny Noodle King and blended with sake, mirin, tamari and fresh Granny Smith apples. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "First Taste: Fist of Curry brings irreverent kung-fu fun to old Huron Room space," 5 Apr. 2018 Make the braising liquid: In a saucepan, combine the juice, sake, mirin, sugar, soy sauce, about 20 grinds of pepper, both forms of garlic, sesame oil, and 11/2 cups of water. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Chef David Chang on Korean Cuisine And His Role as Olympic Food Correspondent," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of mirin

1874, in the meaning defined above

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