Sometimes I receive a very specific request on menus to cook at classes.
For this class in May, my guest, who turns out be a super woman (business executive & mother of 2 kids) from Singapore, asked me if we can try Oyako-don, Gyoza, Chicken teriyaki, Miso dengaku with eggplant and Japanese style potato salad.
That is a lot for one meal and the combination is not exactly what we normally do, but I understand it is a good chance to try different dishes for a visitor when time is limited. Obviously the lady has tried many Japanese dishes already so I was interested to hear her opinions on our food, too.
She visited me with her lovely young daughter who was a great help in the kitchen! She can slice and cut and stir with no problem.
Among the menus my guest chose, I was curious to ask why she picked up a potato salad, as is a rather western menu to me. She was after a Japanese style potato salad in particular, which her family tried before and became her son’s favorite.
What I think ‘very Japanese’ and what my guests like to learn at Japanese home cooking class may not be always the same. It is very interesting to discover what people are attracted in our food culture.
Many thanks for coming!