Tonton Introduces New Japanese Sauce Inspired by Yakiniku Flavors

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All natural Japanese sauce combines sweet and savory flavors with the subtle umami taste element to add authentic Japanese yakiniku sauce flavors to meat, fish, seafood and vegetable dishes.

Tonton™ is continuing to bring authentic Japanese sauces to the American table with its new, all natural Kobe BBQ Yakiniku Brazier Sauce.

The new sauce is inspired by the sweet and savory yakiniku sauce, which is very popular in Japan, but not as well known in the United States. “To my knowledge, we are the first to produce this authentic sauce in the U.S.,” said Mayumi Burnham, vice president of marketing for Argo Century Inc., which produces Tonton sauces. “Its flavor is not just sweet, sour, bitter and salty, it incorporates the fifth element, umami, which makes people say ‘Wow, that’s delicious, but they don’t really know what it is’.”

The Japanese yakiniku sauce can be used as a marinade, basting sauce, dipping sauce or finishing drizzle for meat, fish, seafood and vegetables. It blends Japanese soy sauce, sake, Asian pear and apple puree, roasted green onions, caramelized onion, garlic, spicy Japanese miso, ginger, toasted sesame seeds, sesame oil and vegetable stock. “The sauce has a warm aftertaste rather than spicy heat,” Burnham says. “When you grill with it, the sesame oil and spicy miso create an incredible aroma that draws people over to see what you are cooking.”

Kobe BBQ Yakiniku Brazier Sauce is available in 9.5 ounce bottles with a suggested retail price of $4.99 to $5.29. Other sauces include Tonton Teriyaki Sauce, Tonton Ginger Dressing, Tonton Sesame Dressing, Tonton Yuzu Dressing and a traditional Japanese steakhouse sauce, Tonton Hibachi Steak & BBQ Sauce.
About Argo Century Inc.:    

Argo Century Inc. with headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla., produces award-winning Tonton Japanese sauces. The company was founded in 1998 by Chef Yoshi Shioda to bring the authentic taste of traditional Japanese sauces to the U.S. market. Since then, the sauces have earned nine NASFT sofi™ and outstanding product awards, including the Teriyaki Sauce, Vinaigrette and Ginger Dressing. Tonton sauces are available nationally at fine retailers like Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, Williams Sonoma and Balducci’s. More information and products are available online at or by calling 704-525-6180.


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