A reader asked me to try to figure out a recipe for a sauce from a favorite restaurant of hers. This is my first attempt, and never having tasted the sauce, I can’t say whether my version is close to the original. But she is right: the sauce is delicious. Adjustments I will make to this recipe would be to make more: using the whole package of tofu, proportionally more miso, and proportionally less apple juice (the sauce was too sweet for my taste). Also, the the mustard and fennel would be more refined had I simmered the ground seeds in the vinegar and apple juice for a minute or two, then let it cool to meld the flavors.
I started with the tofu and added small amounts of sweet miso (I was all out of Saikyo miso so used regular sweet miso), apple juice, and vinegars. Because I’m still learning to cook on a glass-top electric stove, I burned the first ¼ teaspoons of the mustard and fennel seeds I tried to roast. I washed the pan and roasted a larger quantity of seeds, watching more more carefully. I don’t have a spice grinder, though I’ve heard of people using a coffee grinder (then ‘cleaning’ it by grinding raw rice in it) so I used my suribachi. Next time I’ll risk the coffee grinder! Fennel seeds are really hard!
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Hi Tess – I’m off to the market to go pick up the ingredients for this Sun Sauce. I *know* the restaurant you’re referring to — is it in South Florida? :)
I’ll keep you posted and let you know how it turns out on my end!
Please do let me know how it compares to the restaurant’s version. I do believe that it is in South Florida, but I’ve never been there to taste it! My reader and I corresponded via email a few times, but she didn’t tell me how the recipe worked for her…
I’m looking for the Sun Sauce recipe. Any luck?
I just tried to approximate this recipe for the first time tonight! I used to live near the restaurant and LOVE sun sauce! It’s been 9 years since I moved, and I’ve been back to the restaurant just a few times, most recently last week. The owner gave up the 2 key ingredients. I couldn’t get it right, but it was still tasty. I’ll try yours next time!
As you see, the reader never commented again about how my recipe re-creation without ever having tasted the original compared. Because I had no further communication with her, I have no idea if I got even close. What I made was tasty, but with the loss of conversation with her and all (I believe she was seriously ill) I must admit I have forgotten about this sauce.
If you want to share the 2 key ingredients, or what you have tried, I’m up for making this experiment again. In any event, let me know what you think about my recipe if you do make it.
You’ve got the 2 key ingredients: sweet mellow miso and silken tofu. I found your entry after my attempt, and mine fell short.
First, I suspected I used too much of the miso. Your recipe has a smaller amount. I tried adding rice wine vinegar, some salt and pepper, honey….nothing really got it close to the real thing.
I’ll try yours next time and let you know if it is closer to the real thing. I almost used apple cider vinegar…but didn’t. The apple juice might be a good hunch.
I have alot of my creation left, so perhaps I’ll separate some out and experiment with adding some apple juice. I was also thinking of adding a touch of lemon juice….
As I recall, the reader did have sweet miso and silken tofu as part of her suggestion. I just can’t find her original email—it was a while ago. I almost wonder if the miso should have been saikyo sweet whit miso? The apple juice was something she mentioned, perhaps she talked the folks into revealing that?
The cider vinegar was a surprise, but as it’s been a long time, I cannot remember if that was a suggestion of hers or not.
Thank you for reminding me of this.
I know this thread is old but I live near this restaurant and my son loves the chicken and cheese with Sun Sauce. I’d LOVE to know the secret recipe! I think it may have mustard in it.