mir·in | \ˈmir-in \

Definition of mirin 

: a sweet Japanese cooking wine made from fermented rice

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In a small saucepan, whisk together 4 tablespoons rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons mirin, 1 teaspoon light soy sauce and 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt, and bring to a boil. WSJ, "Hold the Mayo: 4 Adventurous Alternatives to Potato Salad," 19 Apr. 2018 Makes 6 servings 2 flank steaks (3 to 3½ pounds total) To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW ½ cup soy sauce ¼ cup honey ¼ cup mirin2 tablespoons dark sesame oil 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce Instructions: Trim any excess fat from the flank steak. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Asian-style Glazed Flank Steak," 2 July 2018 Unlike most Japanese pickles, which are cured with salt, narazuke is fermented using sake or mirin lees. Tom Downey, WSJ, "Explore Kyoto With the Chefs Who Are Turning Culinary Tradition on Its Head," 28 May 2018 Same goes for a pile of ruddy, funky, life-affirming lamb tartare showered in Parmesan and violet chive blossoms with sweet curls of Asian pear, a soy-mirin-sugar confit egg yolk lurking in its midst waiting to disperse its rich unctuousness. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Andersonville’s Passerotto is a tale of two peninsulas," 21 June 2018 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 Each tongue is cooked for 10 hours after spending a day sealed in a deeply savory marinade of sake, mirin, sugar and savory aka miso. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 Marinate Wagyu beef tongues with misoyaki marinade of sake, sugar, mirin and aka miso. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018

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1874, in the meaning defined above

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