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The Secret of Japanese Food

You may have noticed that Londoners have become obsessed with Japanese cuisine, and we can’t say we’re surprised. The people of Japan are blessed with a vibrant cultural identity with a love and respect for the natural world around them, which is reflected in their traditional recipes. Staple foods include noodles, rice or soup paired with seasonal produce, meat and seafood. If you’re super into your sushi then you’d know this. But do you know about shiso leaves, yuzu or miso?

In this article, we’re focussing on spices and herbs that the people of Japan use and how our head chef, Benn, has incorporated them into the EatFirst menu. Benn is into way more than just sushi, he actually specialises in Japanese cuisine. His passion and know-how of spices, flavours and recipes enabled him to design his contemporary Japanese creations for you to enjoy.

Miso: Who knew fermenting soybeans could create such a magical ingredient?! Miso is quite salty in flavour, but depending on fermentation it can have sweet, fruity and earthy hints. As the end result is a paste, it can be added to almost anything to produce a crazy amount of flavour. Many of our recipes contain miso, but the ones with the most is our Miso Mash, Miso Soup with Vegetable Gyoza and Yuzu Miso Cod.

Yuzu: A grapefruit sized citrus fruit, with a tart flavour. Yuzu is used in some of Japan’s dishes as a garnish or as a seasoning. Yuzu has also been used to add a citrusy and calming aroma to Japanese baths since the 18th century. But that’s not what we use it for… We use it in our Yuzu Miso Cod dish.

Shiso Leaves: A relative of the mint family, bunches of green shiso leaves are now fairly common in Japanese supermarkets and gaining popularity in various London kitchens too! These frilly green leaves add a herbaceous and citrusy element to meat and fish, hence why we use it in our Chicken Yakitori and Yuzu Miso Cod.

We could all do with a holiday to an exotic destination but as you’re probably sitting at your desk or having a dull commute home ahead of you, give yourself the next best thing and experience reimagined Japanese cuisine from




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