Japanese Food & Ingredients



Japanese Food & Ingredients

The Japanese food specialists! Buy Japanese ingredients online - order the same Japanese food and brands you'd find in a Japanese supermarket. Fermented soybeans form the backbone of Japanese cuisine: in umami-rich soy sauce and miso paste. Combine with sweet mirin wine, sushi rice, rice vinegar and dashi stock for a basic Japanese storecupboard.

About Japanese cuisine

Japanese cuisine embodies impeccable presentation, clean flavours and fresh ingredients. Meals are elaborate affairs steeped in ceremony and ritual with numerous main dishes served alongside steamed rice, pickles and dipping sauces– each presented in carefully chosen, individual bowls.

With its strong focus on seasonal ingredients and due to its Buddhist heritage, Japan has a history of vegetarianism – with the exception of fish. A distinctive flavour in Japanese cooking is an ‘umami’ savouriness which often occurs in fermented foods.

What’s the best place to find authentic Japanese ingredients and cooking equipment?

You may have to travel a very long way to find a great international grocery store in person. And the average UK supermarket doesn’t have many options when it comes to high quality Japanese ingredients, or kitchen utensils that are specific to Japanese cooking. Thankfully, there’s one place where you can find all of these things – it’s online! Plus at Sous Chef, you can buy a far broader range of high quality Japanese ingredients, crockery, and even bento boxes.

What products can I find?

Our online Japanese supermarket offers everything from everyday cooking ingredients like soy sauce, sugar, rice vinegar, cooking oil, to more niche items like organic ponzu. There are also a variety of kitchen appliances that can be used to make sushi at home. As well as Japanese crockery to enjoy ramen - just like you'd eat it at a restaurant in Japan.

What are some of the most popular Japanese dishes?

Sushi - Traditionally made with rice, vinegar, and a variety of fillings, such as fish, vegetables, or egg, and often wrapped in nori or seaweed.

Sashimi - Made with raw fish or seafood, sashimi is sliced into thin pieces and then served with soy sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger.

Ramen - One of the best known Japanese dishes outside of Japan. This hearty soup consists of noodles in a savoury broth, and can be topped with a variety of ingredients.

Teriyaki - Despite the western interpretation of teriyaki, this is a style of cooking rather than a sauce. ‘Teri’ means to lustre or gleam, and ‘yaki’ means to grill or broil.

Miso soup - Served with every rice dish, you have this with the main meal, rather than before it.

Tempura - Seafood or vegetables are lightly battered and deep fried to create tempura dishes.

Onigiri - Onigiri is made with rice and typically includes some sort of filling, such as fish or vegetables. It is a popular snack food in Japan.

Staple Japanese Ingredients

For authentic Japanese cooking, it’s a good idea to have some essential ingredients in your kitchen cupboard. Here are the seven key products to have in before you begin:

Soy sauce - of course! And it’s best if you get hold of Japanese soy sauce, as this has a subtle but unique taste. Kikkoman Usukuchi Shoyu Light Soy Sauce is a great pantry essential.

Mirin– this is a rice wine specifically used in cooking and has a sweet flavour. Mirin is a key umami ingredient which lends body to a dish and allows flavours to harmonise.

Rice vinegar