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In Japan’s sweltering summers, the last thing you want to do is to spend a long time in the kitchen over a hot stove. This collection of five summer-friendly recipes starts with a homemade version of mentsuyu (noodle sauce), which is used as the flavor base for the other four recipes. With a good mentsuyu in your refrigerator, you can make delicious dishes in record time, getting you in and out of the kitchen fast.

Cook: 10 mins., plus pre-soaking and cooling time

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