Tare (pronounced ‘tah-reh’) is the seasoning for the ramen broth. The type of tare will usually appear in the name of the dish – shio ramen (shio meaning ‘salt’ in Japanese) is seasoned with a salt tare for example, while shoyu ramen will be seasoned with a soy sauce tare.


  • 1 tbsp sake
  • ½ tbsp mirin
  • ½ tbsp soy sauce
  • 120g/4oz brown miso
  • ½ tbsp sugar
  • ½ tbsp ground white sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp garlic, grated
  • ½ tsp ginger, grated
  • ½ tsp chilli bean paste 


  1. Place the sake and mirin in a small saucepan over a low heat. 
  2. When it starts boiling, add the remaining ingredients and mix well. The miso mixture will become paste-like. When small bubbles start appearing, turn the heat off.
  3. Transfer the tare to an air-tight container and store in the fridge overnight before using to develop flavour.

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