Pros: Excellent for chicken, cubed beef and pork!
Cons: Messy to use as a sauce.
When ever I buy Kikkoman products at the Asian grocery store I am generally met with a lot of attitude. I guess that is like walking in to an Italian deli and asking where the Ragu is. Even so, that doesn't stop me from getting several very tasty Kikkoman products. You do have to be a smart shopper when it comes to certain products; grocery stores usually have a higher price on them than Asian shops but there are some things, like fresh wonton wrappers, that they rake you over the coals for because they know people will buy them regardless of the price.
Packaged in a glass bottle, this is one of my favorite teriyaki marinades. If you eat at a Chinese buffet and like the pork-on-a-stick you can make your own at home using this but you will have to marinade it over night, buy wooden skewers and have a red hot grill to cook them on. If you smell this before you use it as a marinade you might not think all that much of it; that's because it contains vinegar and that might be the only scent that you pick up on. Trust me, this makes even the el cheapo cuts of meat taste awesome. The key is knowing how much time you need to allow for different foods; meats are usually always better when they are done over night. The absolute best thing to use this on is chicken thighs but again, you need to have the grill super hot so that it locks in all of the flavor and you get a nice crisp crust to it.
The only time that I use this as a sauce is when I make potstickers. I could get the super huge box of them at the whole food supply store and they would be gone in a week. The boxes of potstickers do come with two packets of sauce that has a bit of a spicy kick to it but it is never enough. This tastes great whether you boil or fry the potstickers but I prefer to boil them then soak them in the sauce while I eat everything else. This has a sweet taste to it so if you like something that has a spicier taste to it you can add some wasabi paste to it and mix it up. A few cloves of garlic adds a nice taste to this too but don't go all loco with it or it will overpower the teriyaki flavor.
For pork I usually use tenderloin slices and marinade them in a deep container; my butcher slices the tenderloin for me otherwise I would end up making a complete mess of it. This usually requires about 24 hours to marinate it completely and you do have to turn it and use a strong fork to stab the pieces to get the marinade into the meat. Grilling it gives it an exceptional taste; if I buy a tenderloin and can't get it sliced I use this with some honey, pineapple juice and black strap molasses and allow the hunk 'o meat to sit for two days and rotate it three or four times a day.
This is sold in most grocery stores; I started getting this at Von's and Albertsons in San Diego for about two dollars a bottle. My grocery stores here charge about $2.50 for it but I stock up on it when it is on sale. Kikkoman does make this in a large plastic container but I don't use enough of it per month to warrant that type of a purchase. One bottle is more than enough for about ten pounds of chicken or one large pork tenderloin and that is strictly as a marinade. For dipping or adding as a dressing you will be able to get a lot of use from one bottle but I do caution you to get a new one every six to eight months as the vinegar in it can get extremely strong over time.
This does contain a lot of sugar in the form of corn syrup but most of it burns off when you are cooking, that's one of the reasons you end up with a little bit of a crunch to the outside of meat that you are grilling. I have tried cooking chicken thighs and breasts marinated with this in the oven and on the stovetop and it never had the same smooth taste as when grilled. Popping it under the broiler did help to crisp it up a little but it was no where near a good a taste as when grilled. I'm not worried about the amount of sugar in this; most of it is left in the container after marinating it and whatever is on the meat.
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