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Frozen food distributor Central Foods has launched three new authentic Japanese dumpling products for foodservice to help tap into the trends for street food, sharing platters and tapas.

The new gyoza are available in duck, chicken, as well as vegetable to suit the growing demand for vegetarian and vegan options.

Perfect for Asian food outlets, tapas restaurants, street food specialists or foodservice venues wishing to capitalise on the street food trend, the gyoza are produced by Ajinomoto – the number one brand in Japan for gyoza.

They are currently available exclusively through leading frozen food supplier Central Foods.

Central Foods managing director Gordon Lauder said: “Street food, Asian food and sharing platters are all popular trends in the UK, and Central Foods is delighted to be bringing these authentic gyoza products to the UK foodservice market. Ajinomoto is the biggest brand in Japan for gyoza, and we are very pleased to be offering such a great product, which is truly authentic in terms of how it looks and tastes.”

The gyoza are half-moon shaped dumplings, approximately 20g each in size. The duck variety features a duck, vegetable and hoisin sauce filling, while the chicken version features a chicken, vegetable and soy sauce filling. The five-vegetable green gyoza contains cabbage, peas, edamame beans, carrots, white radishes and soy sauce in a spinach dumpling pastry for a pop of colour and flavour.

The products are supplied pre-steamed, rather than pre-fried (like most other products in the market place), and therefore can be reheated by deep frying or further steaming, for a healthier option. They are available in packs of 30.

Central Foods has been supplying frozen food to the foodservice sector for more than 21 years. It currently supplies more than 220 independent wholesalers, as well as larger national and regional wholesalers, and foodservice caterers across the entire foodservice industry including schools, universities, pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, leisure centres, garden centres, care homes and many other outlets.

Offering a one-stop shop to the foodservice sector, Northamptonshire-based Central Foods sources products from around the world and the UK, supplying more than 400 different lines, ranging from vegetarian and free-from items, bakery items and canapés through to buffet products, desserts and puddings.

For more information about Central Foods, visit www.centralfoods.co.uk

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