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Benihana Dipping Sauces

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Cuisine: Asian Japanese

From the menu of . . . Benihana
Several locations

Q: I would love to know how to make the dipping sauces they have at Benihana. I know they would be good for all kinds of dishes. Do you think you can get the recipe?
- Martha Ann Ridley, Atlanta

A: While most of the slicing and dicing at Benihana steakhouses takes place in front of the diners, these sauces are prepared behind the scenes where their secrets are kept. Here are recipes for Mustard Sauce, which goes particularly well with chicken and beef, and Ginger Sauce, which is used primarily with vegetables and seafood. Both were adapted from the Benihana sauces by recipe sleuth Todd Wilber.

Hands on time: 5 minutes  Total time: 5 minutes  Serves: 2/3 cup, 1/2 cup


    Mustard Sauce:
    Makes about 2/3 cup
    Preparation time: about 5 minutes
    1/4 cup soy sauce
    1/4 cup water
    2 teaspoons Oriental mustard (can be found in the international or Asian food sections of most supermarkets)
    2 teaspoons heavy cream
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

    Ginger Sauce:
    Makes about 1/2 cup
    Preparation time: about 5 minutes
    1/4 cup chopped onion
    1/4 cup soy sauce
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1/2 ounce gingerroot (a nickel-size slice), peeled and chopped
    Juice of 1/2 lemon (2 tablespoons)
    1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
    1/4 teaspoon white vinegar


For Mustard Sauce: In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, water, mustard, cream and garlic powder. Stir or whisk until well combined. Chill before serving.

For Ginger Sauce: In a blender combine the onion, soy sauce, garlic, gingerroot, lemon juice, sugar and white vinegar. Blend on low speed for 30 seconds or until the gingerroot and garlic have been pureed. Chill before serving.


Mustard Sauce: Per tablespoon: 6 calories (percent of calories from fat, 79), trace protein, trace carbohydrates, trace fiber, less than 1 gram fat, 2 milligrams cholesterol, 465 milligrams sodium.

Ginger Sauce: Per tablespoon: 5 calories, less than 1 gram protein, 1 gram carbohydrates, less than 1 gram fiber, no fat, no cholesterol, 450 milligrams sodium.

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