If you have ever been to a Japanese steakhouse, you may be familiar with that sauce that they serve with multiple dishes. It often called Yum Yum sauce, but goes by a number of names including Japanese white sauce and sakura sauce. It is extremely versatile and also very easy to make; in fact, you can try out our version of spicy Yum Yum sauce (see the video of our recipe below for a quick glimpse at how easy it is to make). For evidence of its versatility, see some of the many ways that you can use it listed below.
1. As a dipping sauce for vegetables
Instead of a ranch dressing, try the tangy and complex set of flavors that Yum Yum sauce brings to a vegetable platter. This sauce goes well with broccoli, carrots, and celery as well as with every other vegetable that you would eat raw. It is tasty with grilled vegetables as well.
2. As an accompaniment for shrimp
As noted above, Yum Yum sauce has many different names. Many people know it as shrimp sauce because of how well it goes with shrimp. You can use it in place of cocktail sauce.
3. As an accompaniment for Japanese fried rice
Yum Yum sauce also pairs well with hibachi-style fried rice. The fried rice that you get at a Japanese steakhouse has a lot that sets it apart from Chinese fried rice. Among the differences are the use of butter instead of oil as well as the use of short grain Jasmine rice. Yum Yum sauce is an excellent complement to this style of fried rice.
4. As a dipping sauce for fries
You may be familiar with fry sauce, which is sometimes called fancy sauce. It was invented by a Don Carlos Edwards, a chef from Salt Lake City and was served in his barbecue restaurant. Fry sauce is the ultra-simple mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise that you can use as a dipping sauce for French fries. Yum Yum sauce could be viewed as the upgraded version of fry sauce. The fact that it has a few more flavoring ingredients (including paprika and garlic powder) enables it to add even more flavor to fries. It is an effective complement for both regular fries and sweet potato fries.
5. As a dipping sauce for sushi
While a sauce that consists largely of mayonnaise may not seem like it would be a good complement for certain uniquely Asian flavors, that is not the case when it comes to Yum Yum sauce. Yum Yum sauce is popular in sushi restaurants just like it is in hibachi steakhouses. The sauce’s creaminess and slight sweetness actually make it a perfect complement to the clean flavors of sushi.
6. As a salad dressing
Both the texture and flavor of Yum Yum sauce make it perfect to use as a condiment for salads. Yum Yum sauce actually has a lot in common with a famous salad dressing: Thousand Island dressing. Both get their color and texture mainly from the combination of tomato paste and mayonnaise, and have some of the same flavorings. You can even use Yum Yum sauce in a coleslaw as its slight sweetness and mild acidity make it the perfect stand-in for a traditional coleslaw dressing.