Everyone who follows our blog knows that we are just big foodies and always love a challenge when it comes to cooking and creating new recipes using products which have been sent to us or heading out to do food reviews at local restaurants. For this post, we share with you two quick and easy to make Japanese food which is really delicious and you are sure to love. We prepare these recipe using the Yutaka products which were sent to us.
The four featured products are from left Organic Miso Paste, 100% natural Sushi Ginger, Yuzu Ponzu (Citrus flavoured soy sauce) and Shaoxing Rice Wine. We make a warm Asian Salad and miso soup with the ingredients.
A photo of the ingredients for the warm asian salad – carrots, pak choi, raddish, garlic and ginger
Photo of the Shaoxing Rice Wine and Yuzu Ponzu (Citrus flavoured soy sauce). The Rice wine can be added to stir frys or to tenderise meats while the soy sauce is a common ingredient using in Asian cooking, this soy sauce has a strong lemon flavour to it.
100% natural Sushi Ginger which is more commonly eaten with sushi, but you can also use it for flavouring or cooking
Here’s a photo of the Yuzu Ponzu rice rice, a 150ml bottle after we added it to the oil pan
Here’s the finished dish. We made a Warm Asian Style Salad with all the products. Here’s the recipe for it if you want to give it a try.
Warm Asian Salad
5 radishes sliced
1 pak choi chopped
2 small carrots (peeled if you like) julienned
3 tbsp Shaoxing Rice Wine
2 garlic gloves peeled and grated
1 tbsp of sushi ginger minced
4 tbsp Soy sauce
1 tbsp of packed brown sugar
Add the minced garlic and ginger to a hot wok cook and stir until softened. Next, add the rice wine and mix – this will cook off the alcohol. Add in the sugar and soy sauce and keep stirring
then add all the veg and stir until its all warmed through – serve, season to taste and eat!!
The sauce makes a sort of glaze on the vegetables and this recipe is super tasty and also really quick to make. We enjoy eating this as a lunch time salad but you could serve it with some chicken and rice if you wanted to. Alternatively, you could also swap the vegetables to what ever you would like to eat or have in the fridge. We think it would also go well with broccoli, green beans or peas.
We found that the soy sauce in this is recipe is really nice compared to standard soy as it has a little alternative edge with the lime flavour. The Shaoxing rice wine also gives the sauce real depth, and the ginger adds the right amount of heat although if you like spicy food you could add a few slices of fresh chilli to the dish.
400ml vegetable / fish stock / water
2 tbsp Organic Miso Paste
1 tbsp Shaoxing Rice Wine
1 tbsp Yuzu Pozu Soy Sauce
200g/300g silken tofu, cubed
Optional – Yutaka Sushi Nori / Spring Onion / Spinach (for garnish)
Put the stock / water in a saucepan, and let it boil, whisk in the organic miso paste till well mixed, then add in the Shaoxing rice wine as well as the soy sauce to taste, once you feel the flavour is to your taste, add in the cubed silken tofu gently (as it might break). Let the broth gently simmer without boiling, serve it into a bowl and garnish with either chopped spring onion or thinly sliced sushi nori or spinach. Ready to eat with rice of just as a soup on its own.
We found that the miso paste was the darker version, hence our miso soup was darker than our usual brand, the taste was great and it warmed us up on a cold wintery day. Alternatively you could also use the miso paste to marinate your meat such as beef before your cook it to give it more depth and asian flavour twist to it.
Find more Japanese recipes here: Yukata Japanese Curry and Panko Breadcrumbs
Where can we purchase all the Yutaka products and how much is it?
All the following Yutaka products which are featured in this post are available from Sainsburys & Tescos :
- Shaoxing Rice Wine
- Yuzu Ponzu (Citrus flavoured soy sauce)
- 100% natural Sushi Ginger
- Organic Miso Paste
- Yutaka Sushi Nori
The Yutaka range of authentic Japanese food products was introduced to the UK market in 1995. The growing range now includes ingredients for sushi, sauces, soups, rice, noodles and “easy to use” meal kits. Having been the first in the market, the brand continues to be the leading authentic Japanese range in 16 countries across Europe and the Middle East.
Tazaki Foods, the name behind the Yutaka brand, was the pioneer of Japanese food in the UK when the company opened the first Japanese restaurant in the country over 35 years ago. Since then they have been the leading supplier to the Japanese restaurants, hospitality industries and food manufacturers in the UK. It is these many years of experience in dealing with authentic, flavoursome food of the finest quality that goes into the development of every Yutaka product – demonstrating the Japanese meaning of Yutaka being “Good Harvest”.
* We were sent the Yutaka products in exchange for a review. All opinions are our own.