Benihana Dipping Sauces copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Benihana Dipping Sauces

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The origin of the name of this chain of Japanese steakhouses dates back to 1935. That's when founder Rocky Aoki's father, Yunosuke Aoki, opened a small coffee shop in Japan and named it "Benihana" after a wild red flower that grew near the front door of his shop. Next time you're at Benihana, look carefully and you'll notice that bright red flower has been incorporated into the restaurant's logo.

With most of the cooking performed before your eyes on an open hibachi grill, Benihana maintains a much smaller kitchen than most restaurants, allowing practically the entire restaurant to become productive, money-generating dining space. The limited space behind the scenes is for storage, office and dressing rooms, and a small preparation area for non-cooked items like these sauces. These top secret sauces will go well with a variety of Asian dishes and can be frozen in sealed containers for weeks at a time. If it's the Benihana Chicken and Steak you crave, you can find my clone recipe here

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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Mustard Sauce (for chicken and beef)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons Oriental mustard (Find in Asian/International food aisle)
  • 2 teaspoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Ginger Sauce (for vegetables and seafood)
  • 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
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    • Instructions

      Mustard Sauce
      Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix until well combined. Chill before serving.

      Ginger Sauce
      Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on low speed for 30 seconds or until the ginger root and garlic have been pureed. Chill before serving.

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Score: 3.94. Votes: 16
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Susan Force
Jun 1, 2018, 09:22

My family went nuts for these just as good as at the restaurant!

May 15, 2015, 22:00

Praise the lord the Mustard Sauce was authentic! I would know.. that's the only sauce I use when I eat there (once a month).

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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