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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…

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…

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.…

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,…

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…

An Entirely Edible Mother’s Day Sushi Bouquet

Here’s a lovely idea from Japanese food specialist www.yutaka.co for kids to make for their mums this Mother’s Day. It’s a beautiful bouquet that’s entirely edible because it’s made from sushi cones – or temaki, to give them their official Japanese name. You can choose to fill them with whatever you fancy – avocado, wasabi,…

Eating Clean In 2017

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

When Is Wasabi Not Wasabi?

There has been a lot of media coverage given over to the topic of wasabi recently and the question of whether manufacturers are using the real thing or its poor relation, horseradish, in products like sushi. So, what is the difference between wasabi and horseradish and does it really matter? History of Wasabi Wasabi is…

The Say So On Soy

Despite the rise and rise of soya milk, tofu and edamame – all hugely popular in the hipster foodie world – it was soy sauce that was the first, and remains the most popular soy product, to dominate the Western supermarket shelves. Here we take a look at its history and find out what has…

Spooky Sushi Halloween Coffins From Yutaka

Nothing shouts Halloween more than coffin-shaped sushi, now does it! This dastardly design from leading Japanese food company Yutaka is so easy to make that anyone can create their own sushi cemetery with just a few simple ingredients. Spooky Sushi Coffins Ingredients 125g Yutaka Sushi Rice 1½ tbs Yutaka Rice Vinegar 1 tbs sugar ½ tsp…

Brits Go Mad For Japanese Curry!

National Curry Week takes place from Oct 19th – 16th this year and Japanese Katsu Curry, all the rage in the UK at the moment, looks set to take over from Indian curry as the UK favorite. Katsu curry is actually a take on traditional Japanese curry, originally introduced by the Brits in the nineteenth…

Curry — It’s More ‘Japanese’ Than You Think

To many people in Japan, summertime is synonymous with hot and spicy food. Spices are believed to cool you down by making you perspire, as well as stimulating an appetite dulled by the sweltering weather. The quintessential spicy dish in Japan is curry, which is so popular that it’s regarded, along with ramen, as one…

All Things Green Tea

Green tea is hugely popular at the moment – not only to drink, but also as a hipster ingredient in all sorts of things. Just type ‘green tea recipes’ into Pinterest and you’ll see what we mean. However, green tea has a centuries long tradition in Japan and its popularity is due in no small…

Talking to Itsu – Asian-inspired Food & Drink in London

The early pioneers of Pret A Manger are the creative force behind itsu. Years of listening to customers persuaded them to build a new type of food place – one that is light, green and good for you. The eat beautiful menu celebrates the amazing flavours of the Far East; high in nutrients yet refreshingly…

Japanese Street Food – The Sweet Stuff

Last week Yutaka’s Gabi Vatchkova, who grew up in Japan, but now works out of the company’s London HQ, introduced us to her top five Japanese savoury street foods. Here she looks at her five favourite street foods for people with a sweet tooth in her bid to convince the world there’s more to Japanese…

Japanese Street Food – The Savoury Stuff

Yutaka’s Gabi Vatchkova grew up in Japan, but now works out of the company’s London HQ. She is keen for people to discover there is so much more to Japanese food than sushi. Here she introduces us to her top five Japanese street foods. Next week, she’ll talk about her five favourite street foods for…

On A Roll – Sushi Style

International Sushi Day 2016 There are days to celebrate just about everything scattered throughout our calendars, but our favourite is definitely International Sushi Day. What’s more, this year it takes place on Saturday June 18th and we’ll be at the BBC Good Food Show. So come along and learn how to make traditional sushi with…

Yes Chef! An Interview with Chef Masayoshi Kitagata

If you come along to our stand (F810) at the BBC Good Food Summer Show in June, you’ll get a chance to learn how to make sushi from an internationally renowned sushi chef – Masayoshi Kitagata. But he’s also known as Danny. So what was the driving factor that made him choose a career in…