Definition of ponzu in English:

ponzu

noun

  • [mass noun] (in Japanese cooking) a sauce or dip made with soy sauce and citrus juice.

    • ‘The signature starter, Nine Bites, is an assortment of mini-masterpieces that might include a tuna sashimi roll with truffled ponzu (a soy-citrus sauce) or a lobster pot de creme as silky as creme caramel.’
    • ‘The tataki of tuna with fennel and gingered ponzu was fine, as were the spiced tuna tartare and tuna sashimi rolls.’
    • ‘But day-boat cod in soy ginger, filet mignon in a piquant soy, and velvety skate in ponzu and brown butter are elegantly simple, while roasted chili-spiked lobster is magnificently sloppy.’
    • ‘Factors such as the thickness of the slices affect other features such as the composition of the dipping sauce; a citrus fruit and soy sauce called ponzu is a favourite with very thin slices.’
    • ‘Reducing the ponzu and sesame makes the sardines taste less like herring from Russ & Daughters.’

Origin

Japanese, from pon smack, pop + zu, from su vinegar.

Pronunciation:

ponzu

/ˈpɒnzuː/