Cheese and Tomato Tsukune (Yakitori Meatballs)

Cooking Time
25 minutes
360 calories
2 servings

Though Parmigiano Reggiano is an Italian ingredient, it goes well with the taste of Japanese sweet soy sauce. Chopped dried tomatoes bring out umami, sourness and sweetness.

Recipe from Umami Information Center


  • 1/2 pound (250g) minced chicken
  • 2 tbsps grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 2 pieces of dried tomato
  • 1/4 piece onion
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sake
  • salt and pepper to taste

For Sauce

  • 2 tbsps sake
  • 2 tbsps soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps mirin (Japanese rice wine)
  • 2 tbsps sugar


  1. Chop dried tomato and onion. Mix the chicken, Parmigiano Reggiano, dried tomato, onion, light soy sauce, sake, salt and pepper. Divided into six in stick-like shape. Skew them.

  2. Mix all ingredients for sauce in a pan and cook until it is thickened.

  3. Grill 1 in an oven or a grill. Put the sauce several times and cook until it become brown for about 8 minutes.

Umami comes from...

Parmigiano Reggiano

Glutamate: 1200-1680/100g


Inosinate: 150-230mg/100g

©Umami Information Center

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