Love Japanese food? Here are some quick and delicious Japanese recipes to try *

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.


300g Organic Miso Paste


Miso Soup

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


About Yutaka

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.


    • yeahlifestyle
      February 23, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      Yes you can get the brand at most supermarket, hope you do Emma x

  1. February 23, 2018 / 5:42 pm

    Ah I love miso soup, so yummy! I’ve heard a lot of things about this brand.

    Gonna get the soy sauce next time I am in the supermarket sounds a lot more exciting than standard soy sauce x

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 23, 2018 / 9:58 pm

      Glad you do Olivia, its so easy to make miso as well. Yes to try it, their soy sauce has a citrus flavour to it.

  2. February 23, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Do you know I don’t think I’ve ever tried much Japanese food myself, I love that these are simple and quick to make so I would definitely be tempted to give it a whirl.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 23, 2018 / 7:41 pm

      Hope you do Sarah, they are so healthy too

  3. February 23, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    I love the Miso Paste and use it as a baser so many quick and easy lunch meals! The whole range is great x
    C x

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 23, 2018 / 9:59 pm

      The miso paste is so versatile, and so easy to use as well. Glad you love it Charli x

  4. February 24, 2018 / 11:42 am

    Japanese food is my absolute favourite! I love this sushi ginger too, I eat it straight from the jar sometimes cause it tastes so damn good!

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 25, 2018 / 8:57 am

      Haha Bethany, you are just like us eating the ginger from the jar…its so yum right?

  5. February 24, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    I do like Miso Soup – it’s very salty, and I love salty foods. I really like your wooden chopping board too hehe x

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 25, 2018 / 8:55 am

      Hahaha, thanks Becca, glad you enjoy Miso soup

  6. Joanna
    February 24, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    I love Yutaka but I have only used their products to make sushi, the rest I actually used to make other Asian recipes. I will try your recipe for miso soup, I think that I would be able to make it myself, Japanese cooking scares me, for some reason. I find it too complicated.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 25, 2018 / 8:55 am

      Hope you do Joanna, you will love giving it a go for sure

  7. February 24, 2018 / 9:34 pm

    These look like really tasty meals! I haven’t tried much japanese food personally – but the Miso soup looks amazing!

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 25, 2018 / 8:54 am

      Yes and super easy to make too Sarah

  8. February 25, 2018 / 7:49 am

    I’ve recently been introduced to Japanese food and I love it. It’s so very different from traditional British fare – so many colours and textures and flavours.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 25, 2018 / 8:54 am

      You are absolutely right Elizabeth, so many layers of flavours and its all so exciting

  9. February 25, 2018 / 11:51 am

    That’s perfect and looks super easy to make. I can’t wait to try it out. 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 25, 2018 / 10:15 pm

      Yes totally easy, even a novice could make it Kaelyn

  10. Candy
    February 25, 2018 / 1:38 pm

    All starts with the right ingredients. Will enjoy trying some of these out.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 25, 2018 / 10:15 pm

      Hope you do Candy x

  11. February 25, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    I never like any Japanese food because I never tried any good one yet. Maybe I shall try what you recommended.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 25, 2018 / 10:15 pm

      Well give the salad a try, you may like it Thea

  12. February 25, 2018 / 2:44 pm

    Japanese food is so colourful it’s amazing, id love to try this recipe it sounds delicious.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 25, 2018 / 10:14 pm

      Hope you do Bethany x

  13. Janelle Dominique Swing
    February 25, 2018 / 5:09 pm

    Love all these recipes mentioned in this blog! Can’t wait to try all of these at home!

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 25, 2018 / 10:14 pm

      Hope you do Janelle, its lovely to try new things

  14. February 25, 2018 / 7:01 pm

    I’m intrigued by the concept of a citrus-flavoured soy sauce. I love citrus and I love soy sauce. I will definitely have to watch for Yuzu Ponzu!

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 25, 2018 / 10:14 pm

      Yes, it just gives your dish a slight twist. Worth looking out for it x

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 25, 2018 / 10:13 pm

      Thank you Amanda, glad you enjoy it x

  15. February 25, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    This is definitely interesting to see as I haven’t had much of this type of food in my life. I always like to see how to make it though as it looks like it would be pretty good.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 25, 2018 / 10:13 pm

      Yes and easy too, if you are keen to try, the ingredients can be found easily Laura x

  16. February 25, 2018 / 11:10 pm

    Believe it or not I’ve never tried to make japanese cuisine at home. I love that the ingredients are easy to find, makes wanting to try it much more appealing xxx

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 26, 2018 / 10:10 am

      Yes when ingredients are easy to find, it makes it less hassle free. You can find most of Yutaka products at Tesco or Sainsbury in the UK x

  17. February 26, 2018 / 2:30 am

    That Warm Asian Style Salad looks wonderful. All of your pictures make my mouth water! Can’t wait to try these!

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 26, 2018 / 10:10 am

      Hope you do Sarah, they were yummy!!

  18. February 26, 2018 / 4:29 am

    First of all, I want your piggy chopping board! Love it LOL. Love the recipes, will have to try some.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 26, 2018 / 10:09 am

      Hahaha glad you love it Tina! Thank you, hope you get a chance to try making it too

  19. February 26, 2018 / 5:40 am

    Japanese food is seriously one of my absolute favorite foods! I can’t wait to try this myself 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 26, 2018 / 10:09 am

      Hope you do Sondra x

  20. February 26, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    I’ve never really had Japanese food before! I always assume it’s all sushi which I can’t stand the look of, let alone the taste. This all looks really good actually!

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 26, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      These are quite nice Laura, no seafood or meat inside it.

  21. Brittany
    February 26, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    That miso soup looks yummy! I will have to give it a try one of these nights, thanks for the recipe.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 26, 2018 / 2:22 pm

      No problem Brittany, hope you do

  22. February 26, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    We don’t cook much, but occasionally we do a stir fry with just vinegar and such. So it would be great to try a new product like one of these. The recipes sound so yummy!

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 26, 2018 / 2:22 pm

      These are simple recipes to try Steph

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 26, 2018 / 2:22 pm

      Yes you certainly must Kaz, lots of flavours in Japanese food.

  23. Elizabeth O
    February 26, 2018 / 2:02 pm

    Japanese food looks incredible and I adore your pig chopping board too, how sweet!?

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 26, 2018 / 2:21 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth

  24. February 26, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    My brother’s ex-girlfriend was someone we hosted from Japan back when she was in High School/College. She always cooked some really good food and I totally miss it! I’ll have to try a few of these and see how it goes! probably won’t be as good as hers!

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 26, 2018 / 3:25 pm

      Those are such great memories Katriza. Hope you are able to recreate the Japanese flavours through these recipes.

  25. February 26, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    We are huge Japenese food lovers here. I have been wanting to be able to recreate some dishes at home but not known where to start so this post has been great for me and a good starting point 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 26, 2018 / 4:02 pm

      So glad to hear that Lynne x

  26. February 26, 2018 / 5:32 pm

    This looks delicious. I have never really cooked Japanese food before and lately because of my kids I am far less adventurous (it kills me to cook a big, beautiful meal only to have them spit it out…so now I need to prep two meals just in case…lol). We will have to give this a go though…those fresh veggies are calling to me!

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 26, 2018 / 9:54 pm

      We totally understand Debra, our kids are the same. But we try to get them to eat some exotic food some times and its a success

  27. February 26, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    Looks yummy I don’t do a lot of Asian cooking but my mum does

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 26, 2018 / 9:53 pm

      Hope your mum would give these a go Katrina

  28. February 26, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    My partner loves Japanese food and loves the sound of this, thanks for sharing

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 26, 2018 / 9:53 pm

      No problem Jenni

  29. Aireona
    February 26, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    My husband and I were just talking about how we want to make some Japanese food soon. These were some great ideas and we will definitely need to give them a try.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 26, 2018 / 9:53 pm

      Hope you do Aireona

  30. February 26, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    I love Japaness food and I have always wanted to try them at home myself. Thank you for these quick recipes.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 26, 2018 / 9:52 pm

      Your welcome Apolline

  31. February 26, 2018 / 11:09 pm

    We love Japanese food . Miso anything is a hit here; I for sure are going to try your suggestions.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 26, 2018 / 11:40 pm

      Hope you do Andrea

  32. February 27, 2018 / 12:17 am

    I love Asian salad. The mix of sourness, sweetness and the salty taste are my favorite! We got a different type of salad in the Philippines and this is new recipe for me to try.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 27, 2018 / 9:30 am

      Hope you do get the chance to try it Mary

  33. Blair villanueva
    March 2, 2018 / 1:03 am

    The secret of Japanese cooking are the freshness of its foods, precise time, and unique spices. Sometimes when i add sushi ginger to my foods of any kind, it makes me feel its Japanese!

    • yeahlifestyle
      March 2, 2018 / 7:43 am

      Fantastic! So glad you cook Japanese food, hope you are inspired to try these dishes too

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