By Yutaka

Eating Clean In 2019

Let’s face it, losing weight and getting healthier are amongst two of the most popular new year’s resolutions people make at this time of the year. And, after several weeks of over indulging on rich festive foods, your body is probably crying out for a detox. Clean eating has been a buzzword in the world…

Christmas In Japan

Japan’s main religion is Buddhism which means that Christmas is less of a religious festival and more of a reason to get together with family, eat great food and create lots of quirky festive things. Here’s a quick look at some. Christmas Cake Japanese Christmas Cake is totally different to the good old British fruit…

Yutaka Joins Forces with International Tree Charity

As part of its ongoing commitment to a healthier planet and healthier people, Yutaka has joined forces with conservation organisation www.onetreeplanted.org – a non-profit organisation focusing on reforestation. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be paying for our first 5000 trees to be planted in Indonesia over the coming months.   Why are trees important? Without…

Quick & Easy Japanese Xmas Party Food from Yutaka

If you’re looking for quick and easy yet innovative recipes for making party food with a twist this Christmas, Yutaka has lots to offer with its Japanese finger food recipes. Yutaka is the home of quality Japanese food and its website is packed with recipe ideas that are perfect for parties. They’re great value too,…

The History of Japanese Curry

Katsu Curry has become a popular dish amongst millennials in the past few years and is now truly mainstream – it must be if Slimming World has created a low-calorie version of the dish for their 2019 calendar. But Katsu is actually a term for the meat served with a curry sauce. The term refers…

Miso Mania

Not so long ago, miso was a type of soup that you had at Japanese restaurants or eateries like Yo Sushi. Nowadays, it’s umami-rich qualities have made it a favourite with everyone from chocolatiers to Marks & Spencer, not least because it’s bursting with healthy benefits. But what exactly is miso and why is it…

What Is Gluten & Is It Good For You

Gluten-free is a new buzzword these days. Once upon a time it was only people with coeliac disease that were told to avoid it. (Coeliacs suffer from inflammation of the small intestine caused by an adverse reaction to gluten resulting in an inability to absorb nutrients). However, many health experts and nutrionists suggest it’s not…

Organic is here to stay – here’s why

No longer a food trend, organic has become an everyday choice for many people. It’s also now more widely available than ever before, from budget supermarkets to independent shops and online retailers to box schemes. But what are the benefits of eating organic food? Organic choices often mean a higher cost, but there are ways…

The Japanese Inn Where You Rent A Cat

Japan has a long history of being of cat admirers – there’s the centuries old maneki-neko, the ubiquitous beckoning cat who’s said to usher in good luck and fortune. And not forgetting kawaii-favourite Hello Kitty, who was actually developed in the UK by Japanese company Sanrio but who took Japan by storm and even has…

Give Your BBQ A Japanese Twist with Yutaka

It’s the perfect weather for BBQing, but why not take traditional BBQing to the next level with these delicious Japanese-inspired recipes from Yutaka. Panko Burgers Many of the UK’s boutique burger restaurants use Yutaka’s panko to give their burgers that extra something. We think this loaded burger is as good as any you’ll find in…

Conveyor Belt Cake

It sounds like a dream come true, but a new restaurant opening this July in Tokyo is swopping out conveyor-belt sushi for cakes and puddings. Café Maison Able Ron Ron will be an all-you-can-eat dessert restaurant and will open on 16thJuly in central Tokyo’s upmarket Omotesando area. It offers 44 covers around a 38-metre conveyor…

Yutaka Cocktails & Canapes

May has offered an occasional hint of the summer to come – a time for enjoying the great outdoors. Be it a garden BBQ, a picnic or an open-air concert, why not serve some of these wonderful cocktails and canapes with a Japanese twist. We’ve found three great cocktails which all make use of Yuzu.…

The Spirit of Umeshu

When the blossom casts its beautiful cape across Japan, everyone feels that spring has truly arrived. What better way to celebrate than with a glass of Umeshu, a refreshing drink made of ume fruit that has been steeped in alcohol and sugar.  The ume fruit arrived in Japan some 1000 years ago from China and…

Learn More About Mochi

Yutaka is launching its first-ever sweet offering later this April in the perfectly-formed shape of mochi cakes. Just the thing for spring, mochi are Japanese favourites at the ubiquitous blossom picnics held every year and also make the ideal accompaniment to Yutaka green tea. So, what is the history of these squidgy little bundles that…

Give Your Hot Cross Buns A Lift With Yuzu & Honey from Yutaka

Bring a little Asian fusion into your Easter celebrations with these Yuzu & Honey Hot Cross Buns from Yutaka. The yuzu gives them a zesty tang, whilst the honey imparts an additional depth of flavour. Yuzu & Honey Hot Cross Buns  Makes 15-20 Ingredients For the buns: 575g strong bread flour 75g caster sugar 75g…

Get in The Pink with Japanese Girls’ Day

No-one is left out in Japan when it comes to celebratory days. There are days dedicated to elderly people, adults, the labour force and children, to name but a few. As if those weren’t enough, there’s also a boy’s day and, this Saturday on March 3rd, it’s Hinamatsuri, which is just for the girls.  …

Be My Valentine in Japan

Valentine’s Day is popular the world over – especially with florists and card manufacturers. The same is true in Japan, but they celebrate in a unique way, as we discovered. Valentine’s Day, as we would recognise it, only dates back to the 1950s in Japan. In those days, it was unheard of for women to…

Setsubun Is Fun

When it comes to Asian celebrations in February, most people think about Chinese New Year, which takes place on the 16th of the month this year. However, Japan has a great festival that also happens in early February and falls on Saturday 3rd this year. It’s called Setsubun, which translates as ‘change of seasons’ and…

Bring on Ching

Yutaka introduced its wonderful range of edamame & soybean noodles last year inspired by TV chef Ching-he Huang. We thought you might like to know a little more about the lady behind the name. Ching is an International Emmy nominated TV chef & cookery author who has become an ambassador of Chinese cooking around the…

Why Japanese Live Longer

Here at Yutaka, we recently looked at food trends for 2018 that draw on Asian culture (see Asian Trend 2018). It was noticeable that many of these were also healthy. In fact, a report by the British Medical Journal published in 2016, cited diet as the major factor in the longevity of the Japanese population.…

Finding your Ikigai

Ikigai is the Japanese idea of finding your purpose in life and is not dissimilar to the French phrase ‘raison d’etre’, which literally translates as ‘reason to be’. By discovering your ikigai, you will find balance and contentment in life. So, what does it mean and how can you find your ikigai? The word ikigai is made…

WA on WABI

Hot on the heels of our success at the BBC Good Food Show, we’re heading to London for an exciting new show called WABI. The aim of WABI is to showcase all things Japan and we’re excited not only to be taking part, but also to be one of the major sponsors. As well as…

Sayonara Europe Sushi Search

International Sushi Day from Croque en Bushi to Bratwurst Nigiri International Sushi Day takes place on Sunday June 17th, 2017. Last year Yutaka, the UK’s largest producer of authentic Japanese food, launched a search to find Great British Sushi, which resulted in delights such as Deep Fried Haggis Onigiri and Cream Tea Sushi Scones. This year,…

Sushi Kebabs & Panko Burger

Give your BBQ a Japanese zing this summer with a contemporary twist on these traditional BBQ recipes from Yutaka – kebabs, burgers, marinade, mayonnaise and BBQ sauce. Sushi Kebabs These sushi kebabs feature many of the flavours associated with this traditional Japanese dish, including salmon, peppers and courgettes. Change it up with chicken instead of…

Dekotora – the Art of Trucking

Japan is the land of extremes – from the elegant simplicity of its ancient tea ceremonies to its strange and outlandish street style. Many of the trends have made their way into other cultures throughout world, but one which remains firmly in Japan is truck art, or Dekotora (short for decoration truck), as it is…

Going Nuts Over Ginger

Ginger is one of the world’s most individual and popular spices, which has been popularised in the UK within all sorts of food and drink, from ginger beer to gingerbread men (it was Queen Elizabeth 1 who ‘invented’ gingerbread men as she used to have ginger biscuits made and decorated in the likeness of her…