Shrimp & clam Ramen & Gyoza class

 

The menu was;

with shrimp, clam & Japanese soup stock

Seafood Gyoza with shrimp & vegetables

spinach with sesame

No chicken, pork but lots of seafood!  My guest from Ohio, USA,  really surprised me that they are enjoying various fish including Bonito & Hamachi (young yellow tail tuna) as back home, thanks to a local seafood with a good selection of seafood.

But it was their first time to handle the Katsuo bushi,  Smoked Bonito in a whole piece. Here they are shredding a piece of dry Bonito at my place. It looks like a wooden kitchen utensil but it is a half body of Bonito, who could have weighed more than 2kg when he was in the ocean.

My guest couple also tried another very Japanese ingredient called Niboshi/ dried sardins.  For soup stock, I rip off the head and soaked them in water, then simmer.  But we also enjoy eating them as it is, a very good snack for your bones if you care. My guests crunched a piece of Niboshi and actually liked them OK, which pleased me a lot of course!

It was a gloomy rainy day but just perfect for a cookig event, home and lots of good smells!

I hope my guest liked their at my kitchen.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko