Yutaka – Japanese Food Made Easy

It’s time to talk Japanese food! This week I wanted to introduce you to Yutaka, a brand that makes a wide range of Japanese products, including sushi, sauces, soups, rice, noodles and “easy to use” meal kits. You’re probably wondering why I´m writing about sushi on a vegan blog. That’s because I’m absolutely obsessed with Japanese food! Truth be told, giving up fish was one of the toughest challenges I’ve had to overcome. I also went from having dinner at Japanese restaurants every week , to making my own makis and yakisoba at home. yutake_productsThere is so much variety in the Japanese cuisine, but unfortunately at least here in Barcelona the vegan options you find on restaurant menus are limited to wakame salad, avocado makis and occasionally ( if lucky ) noodles with veg. I often crave more diversity, and the best way to get it is by making my own noms at home. 🙂yutake_productsWhen it comes to cooking Japanese, sometimes it can be tricky to get your hands on the right ingredients, and unless you go to specialty stores, you’re probably not very likely to find everything you need at your local supermarket. What works best for me is to order a bunch of essentials online. Things like silken tofu, nori sheets, wasabi, miso paste, and shirataki noodles are always great to have stocked in your pantry.yutake_productsThe only trick with ordering your goodies online is finding a brand you love, and unfortunately, sometimes it can be a bit of a hit and miss. In my case, after trying various products, I can honestly say I count Yutaka amongst my favorite not only because they have a wide range of vegan friendly products ( some of them organic ), but because most of them are super easy to cook with. I also  their ready to use noodles, and their instant miso soup; they really come in handy on days when I’m feeling tapped out.yutake_productsHere are some of the vegan noms I tried & recommend:

  • silken tofu ( great for making quiche or desserts! )
  • nori sheets ( sushi! You can find a link to one of my recipes below )
  • shirataki noodles
  • udon & soba noodles ( add some veg, and woop! you’ve got yourself a delicious veggie dish )
  • miso paste ( great for making vegan cheeze! )
  • instand miso soup
  • sesame seeds ( white & black )
  • wasabi paste
  • ginger
  • sencha tea
  • citrus seasoning for salads ( so refreshing ! )

If you want to see some of these products in action, I’ve used them in two of my recipes! 🙂 Check it out:

Avocado & Mango Makis

avocado makis

Japanese Style Noodles with Mushrooms & Sesame

Japanese style noodles

To find out more about Yutaka, visit their site.