When I hear the word yum, I immediately think of food! And, yum means delicious, delectable, and pleasing, which in my opinion, should be everything that goes in my mouth. So, when planning this week's menu, I wanted to make something using yum yum sauce. Since noodles are yet another of my favorites, I decided to make yum yum noodles with this yum yum sauce recipe, which translates to REALLY delicious, delectable, and pleasing noodles?
One of my favorite restaurants while growing up was a Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant. Typically in Japanese steakhouses, Japanese teppanyaki cooking is a popular way to enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine cooked fresh in front of the diners. Cooked on a flat iron grill, various dishes are prepared to eat while customers are entertained in the process.
Additionally, the dipping sauces make the meal complete. Although many Japanese restaurants serve different sauces, the ones I love are the Asian mustard, ginger, and of course, the famous yum yum sauce.
What is yum yum sauce?
Traditionally, this Japanese sauce is a combination of mayonnaise, tomato paste, butter, sugar, paprika, and cayenne pepper. So, why not ‘veganize’ this yum yum sauce recipe and add some fabulous Asian noodles and vegetables?
So, instead of dipping my vegetables, like at the Teppanyaki restaurant, I decided to mix it all in one delicious bowl.
Of course, this sauce makes a fabulous dipping sauce for grilled vegetables or stir fry vegetables, so dip away.
What is in vegan yum yum sauce?
- Cashew vegan mayo (or vegan mayo of choice)
- Organic tomato paste
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Smoked paprika
- Maple syrup
- Soy sauce or Tamari (for a gluten-free option)
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
How do I make vegan yum yum sauce?
To eat healthier, making your own condiments at home is not only simple, but it’s also beneficial to your overall health. For example, this homemade vegan cashew mayo recipe takes 5 minutes to make and only has a few ingredients.
Although store-bought vegan condiments are readily available, store-bought condiments are processed. For instance, Vegenaise is a very popular plant-based mayonnaise, which I often used when I first transitioned to plant-based eating.
When I first started eating plant-based, I embraced anything with a vegan label but later realized vegan processed food is not much different than other processed foods. Similarly, all processed food is created equal regardless if it’s vegan or not.
How to make cashew mayo for vegan yum yum sauce
- Raw cashews
- Lemon juice
- Apple cider vinegar
- Dijon mustard
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
To eat nuts, or not to eat nuts...that is the question
The debate about nuts in the plant-based world is intense, to say the very least.
One side, for example, debates the dangers of eating nuts, as they are too high in fat and cause obesity.
On the other hand, the counter argues small amounts of nuts have health benefits and are necessary for healthy fats.
Obviously, for those with nut allergies, nuts pose a dangerous threat. But do raw nuts really pose a danger to the average plant-based eater?
Honestly, I don’t think so. But I also wouldn’t suggest someone sit down and eat a whole bag of nuts or eat a whole batch of cashew mayo. Dr. Furhman, for example, suggests 1-ounce a day.
In fact, a lot of research points to the benefits of raw cashews, for example, as providing:
- Boost to the immune system
- No cholesterol
- Vitamins E, K, and B6
- Healthy fatty acids
So, if you consume 1 ounce of nuts a day, eating cashew mayo in a salad or on a sandwich, for example, is certainly within the realm of healthy versus harmful.
The benefits of making homemade cashew vegan mayo
When searching for a good vegan mayo, most people look for a sandwich spread or a dressing to add to a salad. Before becoming vegan, I was never a mayo fan. In fact, I thought it tasted like sour milk. No one eats real mayo with a spoon; at least I don’t know anyone who does.
Instead, mayo is used with other ingredients to make dressings to give a creamy texture. Vegan cashew mayo, for example, does not “taste” like mayo, but it has the ability to provide a creamy base for dressings.
First, remember homemade dressings only last one week refrigerated.
Then, consider all the recipes you can use for your vegan cashew mayo, such as Chickpea Tuna Salad, Cobb “Eggless” Tofu Salad, and a dip for grilled artichokes (above) or Not So Crabby Tofu Patties with Lemon Caper Sauce.
What goes good with yum yum sauce?
As mentioned earlier, this sauce works well as a dipping sauce for grilled vegetables. Similar to the Tepanyaki restaurant, serve this sauce on the side to dip grilled vegetables. Or, add it to a rice and vegetable bowl!
Another suggestion is to use this sauce as a dressing for Yum Yum Noodles.
Yet, another suggestion is to drizzle or dip Tofu Satay.
So, if you love to dip, as much as I like to dip, try this yum yum sauce recipe.
If you love Asian vegan recipes, check out these recipes for your next meal
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂