Gyoza & healthy veggie sides for American girls

Today’s main dish was Gyoza dumplings with pork, Chinese cabbage, garlic chives, green leek & more! Side dishes as eggpant with sweet & savory Miso sauce, fresh cabbage salad with pickled Kombu, etc.

Welcome to my Tokyo kitchen!  It was such a fun class with beautiful American young ladies.  Good friends fron high school days, good team work naturally!

Can you believe we have made all these Gyoza with hands, filling was made from scrach?  It is actually very simple and easy. Gyoza is really fun to make with friends, eat with friends.

Many thanks for coming!!

Akiko

2 Main dish class-pork Ramen & Tempura

Voila! Pork Ramen is complete finally!!

This was a challenging 2 main dish class and my guest Australian snow borders’ choice was; Pork Ramen and Tempura with prawns and seasonal vegetables.

Stir frying Miso meat sauce, whie a pot of pork is simmering on low heat.

Time to deep fry Tempura! My favorite ones are Lotus root and Maitake mushrooms…Yummmmmm

After a few hours of chopping and mixing and frying, here we are enjoying a variety of home made Japanese dishes together.  What a great job, mate!

Many thanks for coming!

Karaage with a foodie lady from HK

My family’s all time favorite menu, “chicken Karaage” today!

Side dishes are; aubergine with sweet & savory white Miso sauce on top, spinach with sesame sauce, Miso soup with Dashi broth & black rice.

My guest lady is from Hong Kong, so I asked her a lot of questions about Cantonese style Ramen noodles, especially what kind of ingredients are used to make soup broth. It was very interesting to hear her stories!

“Itadaki-Masu” means something like “Bon appetit” in our language.

Some people think it is said to show appreciation towards the chef,  but more importabtly it is meant to show respect towards all ingredients and food, as their precious lives (vegetables or fish or meat…) are taken to keep our lives and we should always be aware of that.

Many thanks for coming!

 

 

“Karaage”, Japanese style fried Chicken for Texas lady

Today’s main dish was Karaage, or Japanese style fried chicken.

My guest young lady grating smoked Bonito fish. She was from Texas, America but also working in NY for fashion business! We had a lot of fun chatting about food, work, house, family, life…. everything!!!

We use potato starch to make it crispy outside.

Time to plate all our preparations!  Time to relax and have more chat ……My favorite moment at a class.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

US Family gathering over Ramen & Gyoza

Family and friends came from west and east of USA and got together in Tokyo apartment kitchen for Ramen & Gyoza cooking class.  Wrapping the Gyoza with pork and veggies filling. Fun!

Mixing the Gyoza filling ingredients requires good pressure with both hands.  ARIGATO for a great job!!

Slicing a lump of pork done by the great father of the family!

I hope my guests all had a memorable time in Japan…

Many thanks for coming!!

Akiko

Ramen for Xmas? Why not!

My guest from Paris, France were a mother and daughter , eager to try some home cooking Ramen & Gyoza, so here we are!  We cooked chicken based soup broth flavored with Miso.

This was during Christman holiday season. have you noticed a decorated tree in this photo?

Parisian madame et mademoiselle tasting Ramen noodles with chopsticks!!

Many thanks for coming!!!

Akiko

Sushi-making & Sake-tasting for Nike

In early December we welcomed a group of 20+ people from Nike!

This was the 2nd time to organize a gathering for this huge global company in Tokyo. We were very happy to hear that participants liked their team building lunch back in August, so they decided to contact us again for an evening function.

 

We planned Sushi roll & Temari Sushi cooking class. All ingredients for fillings and toppings were prepared in advance, but the guests had to make their own Sushi seasoning and mix with steamed rice, then start rolling & shaping their own Sushi for dinner.

 

Although this cooking class was held after a long day at their global meeting, everybody did a great work and everything went so smoothly that all results were beautiful and delicious!

 

After enjoying our tasty Sushi and other food including chicken Karrage, spinach with sesame sauce, fresh colorful veggies with Miso-Mayo dip, pork slices, sweet egg rolls etc., it was time for Sake tasting quiz! There are lots of types and brands of Sake in Japan.  It was hard for us to choose just a few kinds, but we hope it turned out a good opportunity for our guests to try something different.

 

We would be very happy if we could be of a little help to discover some new charms of Japanese gastronomy!  

 

Yuki & Akiko

 

 

Temari Sushi class for friends’ reunion

The main dish was Temari Sushi. ‘Temari’ is a palm-sized ball for children, often decorated with fine colorful embroideries. As you can easily guess, Temari Sushi is shaped like this small ball. It is a one bite Sushi with a variety of toppings.

At this class, we used boiled prawns, thinly sliced cucumbers, fresh sashimi-quality maguro(tuna) & salmon, Takuan(pickled Daikon radish), Shiso leaves etc.

There were also Mentaiko(salted chilly cod roe) and salted cherry blossoms as a few challenge items but my guests tried everything and their plates are all empty after lunch hours. Yes, I love seeing empty plates after the class!!

We put the heads of prawns in our Miso soup and I think my guests liked it as well. Believe me it makes your soup amazingly delicious!

It was a reunion vacation trip of old friends from Maryland and Florida, US. I enjoyed being a part of their happy moments in Tokyo.

Many thanks for coming!
Akiko

Ramen & Gyoza class for an Aussie couple & Swedish café owner

“Oishi-!”  do as Japanese do when photo-shooting in Japan!?

The main dish for this class was Pork Ramen, with pork broth & Japanese Dashi soup stock, with toppings of Miso flavored pork and meat sauce with Japanese seasonings.

For Gyoza, we chopped cabbage, garlic chives (Nira), leek etc. Add a little bit of grated garlic if you like.

Both are served sizzling hot and full of rich meaty flavors, so I recommended something cold and fresh as a side dish. I would like my guest to try something different while they are at Tokyo apartment kitchen so here it is, fresh cabbage torn into one bite size with hands, marinated with sesame oil, salt and pickled Kombu! If you like soy sauce & vinegar flavor, try this easy side!

My Swedish guest owns a cafe near Stockholm serving some menus inspired by Japanese taste such as Maccha, while my guests from wine country Adelaide were big fans of anime.

I hope they all find our home cooking dishes as good!

Many thanks for coming!
Akiko

Tempura, Sushi and Gyoza class WOW

This was probably one of the most challenging class this year but we made it!
Thankfuly we had 5 very skilled participants from BC Canada and Michigan US at this class.

The main dish choices are Tempura of prawns, Maitake mushroom (my favorite!) and vegetables, plus Sushi roll with Maguro(tuna), salmon and greens. For side dishes we prepared a small portion of Gyoza with pork and shrimp & spinach with our flavorful sesame sauce.

We started grating smoked bonito for Dashi soup stock, then prepared Sushi rice with seasonings, chopped veggies and wrapped Gyoza, and finally deep fried Tempura and rolled Sushi!

And I was astonished that one of my guest lady was going to be a speaker at a medical conference held in Tokyo that same evening! Indeed some people are super talented.

I have also learned one new thing at this class. My guest told me that avocado in Sushi rolls are first created by a Japanese chef in British Columbia, although we often call it ‘California’ style. I must visit ‘Tojo’s’ in Vancouver one day.

Many thanks for coming!
Akiko