Fuel My Friday: #MyJapaneseAdventure with British Para-Swimming

18 Dec 2020

In another edition of the virtual cooking sessions in partnership with Yutaka & ConnectwithJapan, British Para-Swimming athletes were guided through the recipe for the traditional Japanese dish Sukiyaki.

With an earlier edition of the #MyJapaneseAdventure series recently nominated for a British Swimming Award in the Virtual Event of the year category, the British Para-Swimming team were once again cooking up a storm online last week as they were guided through the recipe for an authentic Sukiyaki - a Japanese hot pot dish ideal to enjoy as the colder days set in.

With the dish going down a real hit, this #FuelMyFriday we're sharing how you too can taste a twist of Japanese culture!

(Recipe below courtesy of Yutaka)

Yutaka - Sukiyaki meal
The finished dish!


  • ½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • 400g thinly sliced beef
  • 1 pack of Yutaka Organic Konjac Noodles or Yutaka Japanese White Shirataki Noodles
  • half pack of Yutaka Japanese-Style Silken Tofu
  • ½ Chinese cabbage
  • 2 leeks
  • 4 Yutaka dried shiitake mushrooms
  • Some fresh mushrooms of your choice (we used beech mushrooms here)
  • A bunch of water cress to decorate (optional)
For Hot Pot Soup Base: 
  • 75ml Yutaka Cooking Sake
  • 75ml Yutaka Organic Tamari Soy Sauce
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 200ml kombu dashi (kelp stock) or water


  1. Slice the beef. To make it easier, freeze the beef for about 2 hours first before cutting.  Slice against the grain using a gentle sawing motion. 
  2. Cut the ingredients. Dice the tofu into bite sized pieces and cut the Chinese cabbage and leeks into 5cm lengths. Remove the stems of shitake mushrooms and score a cross into the top to decorate. Rinse the konjac noodles (shirataki noodles) and set aside
  3. Fry & cook. Fry the sliced beef in oil in a deep frying pan to brown the beef. Add the cabbage, leeks, mushrooms and noodles and pour in a mixture of sake, tamari soy sauce, brown sugar and kombu dashi (or water) to the pan and bring to the boil. It should be cooked after 5 minutes.
  4. And just like that it's ready to serve, your very own #MyJapaneseAdventure Sukiyaki hot pot.