Roll out your sushi mats!

Saturday June 18 is International Sushi Day – so it’s time to bring your sushi making tools to the fore in-store.

Sushi is a food preparation, consisting of cooked vinegared rice combined with other ingredients such as raw seafood, vegetables and sometimes tropical fruits. Ingredients and forms of sushi presentation vary widely, but the ingredient which all sushi has in common is rice.

Yutaka (which means ‘Good Harvest’ in Japanese) claims to be the UK’s largest producer and distributor of authentic Japanese food. It supplies a range of products including ingredients for sushi, sauces, soups, rice, noodles and meal kits.

The company has now launched the Great British Sushi Search. It is challenging the Great British public to come up with the ultimate UK sushi variant in time for International Sushi Day.

Yutaka said: ‘There’s the California Roll, the Hawaiian Roll and Norway introduced salmon to Japan and sushi in the 70s. So we have decided it’s time the Brits developed a patriotic sushi of their own.’ It has kick-started things with six sushi recipes of British staples: British Breakfast Maki Roll, Deep-fried Haggis Onigiri, Fish & Chip Nigiri, Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding Roll, Cream Tea Sushi Scone and Apple Crumble & Custard Roll. Each recipe is a fusion of British and Japanese cuisine and features locally sourced British ingredients.

Yutaka will reward the creator of the winning sushi idea with a year’s supply of Japanese ingredients and their recipe will be featured on the company’s website. The winner will be announced at the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham on International Sushi Day.
Anyone interested in taking part should visit the company’s Twitter page @YutakaNews for the launch on June 1.

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