Yakitori with Sour Plum and Yogurt Curry Sauce

April 18, 2019

Barbecue season is just around the corner. As the weather is getting hotter, this weeks recipe, while cooked in an oven, will be a great accessory to the outside grilled food. Quick and simple, yakitori is a firm favourite in Japan. This recipe also induces two dipping sauces. Dip in the yakitori or add to your barbecued burgers!

As part of our Chefs focus feature we bring you a tasty recipe for Yakitori with soured plum and yogurt curry sauce. This recipe comes from Naoko, our friend, Japanese food artist and teacher over at Naoko's Kitchen is in Truro Cornwall, where she teaches authentic Japanese home style cooking and children’s baking.

Yakitori with soured plum and yogurt curry sauce (Serves 4)


400g Chicken Thigh
Green Beans
1 Tbsp Salted rice malt (Shio Koji)
Sea salt


Soured Plum sauce

1 Soured plum (Ume-boshi)
1 shallot (chopped finely)
1 pinch Bonito flakes 
1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp Soy sauce


 Yogurt Curry Sauce

1 Tbsp Greek style yogurt
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1 small garlic clove (grated)
1/2 Soy sauce
1 pinch Sea salt




 1. Cure the chicken
Preheat the oven to 230 C.
Remove the bone from the chicken using knife length ways and separate the meat and bone. (You can recycle the bones for making chicken stock with vegetables)

Slice the chicken into mouthful size and marinate with salted rice malt* in a ball for 15 minutes.

*Salted rice malt is effective to make meat juicy and succulent and keep the moisture while grilling.



2. Prepare the vegetables
Green beans: remove the head part and cut into half Mushroom: cut into half.

 3. Assemble ingredients
Pierce the chicken and vegetables with skewers and place on the oven tray.


Sprinkle two pinches of sea salt over and grill in the oven for 15-18 minutes until the chicken turns into nicely golden.


 4. Meanwhile make the dipping sauces
Remove the stone from the plums and put in a bowl with other ingredients. Combine all breaking the plum down well.


Add all the ingredients of the curry sauce and mix well.

Serve with alongside.


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