The Kabuki is a well-known restaurant on Frankfurt's Kaiserstraße, where Tetsuya Yamahara has been preparing traditional Japanese cuisine since 1989. To combat the financial losses caused by the restaurant closures, Yamahara had to come up with a solution quickly. As we hear so often these days, he had wanted to diversify his business for quite some time, and the Corona virus now finally gave him room to do so. For three weeks, he has therefore been supplying customers in Frankfurt and the surrounding area with cooking boxes. On Monday, nationwide deliveries will start.
The Sukiyaki cooking box is just one of many meals that Yamahara ships.
"So far we are very pleased with the interest in our offer. Although cooking boxes are not a novelty on the German market, we are the only suppliers of authentic Japanese dishes," he proudly reports. "Cooking boxes are becoming increasingly popular on the German market. Thanks to our very special orientation, however, the competition is not particularly strong."
The boxes are loaded with ingredients, some of which Yamahara obtains from the Frankfurt wholesale market and local growers (such as the Kroll mushroom farm in Offenbach), but much also comes directly from Japan: "Wasabi, for example, is not grown at all in Germany. We also import Mitsuba, Japanese parsley, especially for us with the help of an agency". This way, the gastronome combines exotic imported goods with regionally produced exotics for a very special end product.
The cooking boxes, including all the ingredients and recipe cards, are shipped throughout Germany with DPD Food. Anyone who needs further help with the preparation of the food can watch Yamahara's videos on YouTube. In terms of price most of the dishes are under €10, but there is a large selection of boxes - from the traditional noodle dish for €7.90 to the meat stew with Japanese meat for €79. Orders are accepted via the website.
Yamahara wants to continue to supply its cooking boxes after the crisis. "I am happy about this second mainstay and have fun putting these boxes together and introducing our customers to traditional Japanese cuisine."
This is what the finished dish would look like.