Ramen and sushi, two main dishes class

I have welcomed  beautiful family from Indiana, US.

The cooking day was their last day of 10 days trip in Japan.

Today’s cooking menus

Miso ramen

Sushi platter ; Maki-zushi, salmon nigiri-zushi

Gyoza

cucumber with sesame dressing

 

Since all of the family member worked great, we cook all the dishes in time. great job!

Thank you all for sharing the special day in my cooking class.

Many thanks!

Kisshy

Cooking sushi platter!

 

I have welcomed a group from Ireland near Dublin. They love Japanese food and cooking.

What we cooked today

Sushi Platter  ; Maki-zushi, Inari-zushi, salmon nigiri-zushi

Cooked eggplant with miso sauce

Cucumber with sesame cream sauce

Miso soup

Makin sushi platter is something that trying  something new and creative activity.

So glad they enjoyed cooking all dishes!

Many thanks!

 

Kisshy

 

Tempura & Gyoza class

The main dish was… well, some of my guests liked Gyoza dumplings with pork, others Tempura with prawns and vegetables, so we ended up making both and share. Fortunately there were 6 guests in total at this class and everybody was really good at cooking, thus everything went so amazingly smooth! 

The  ingredients I chose for Tempura at this class were prawns, eggplants, Maitake mushrooms, Shiso herbs and pumpkins. I cannot miss Maitake as that is my favorite Tempura item.

For Tempura dipping sauce, our regular recipe uses Dashi soup stock, soy sauce, Mirin etc. But I also recommend to go simple ways especially in hot summer days, with salt and lemon wedge.

My guests were a famimly from Houston, USA and a couple from Gold Coast, Australia. One of the ladies pointed out that we don’t need to visit Asian food stores for any special supply if we try Tempura with salt and lemon. I absolutely agree!

As one of our side dishes, we prepared Edamame, green fresh soy beans simply boiled and salted. This is one of our typical summer snacks. At Japanese bars and taverns, Edamame will often appear with a glass of beer. It is one of the healthiest snack to go but only in summer. 

I hope my guests liked their home cooking experience at my kitchen!

Many thanks for coming,

 

Akiko

Maguro and more! Sushi class on hot summer day

The main dish was Sushi rolls with fresh Maguro(tuna) and salmon, as well as avocado, Shiso herbs, cucumber, pickled Daikon radish, sesame seeds etc.  My guests were also big fans of Tempura so we decided to cook a small portion with prawns, eggplants and Maitake,  my favorite mushroom. 

For ingredients of our Miso soup, I chose another kind of Japanese mushroom Enoki (very thin and white ones) and fried Tofu called Abura-Age or Oage, which has a spongy texture and great to be in soup. Not to forget the finishing touch, a few finely chopped scallions as we like to put something green on top of our Miso soup. 

My guest couple was from Washington D.C. USA, so they told me they are used to humidity. Still it was such a hot and humid day in Tokyo, unusual for late June. Sushi was a very good choice as it uses a lot of rice vinegar. I think it helps to understand the way of our cuisine if you actually visit Japan and taste things in our climate.

Both of them have very interesting professions. It was so nice to know that they manage to make a vacation to Tokyo out of their busy schedules and chose our cooking class out of so many great places out here!  

Many thanks for coming!

 

Akiko

 

Vegetarian & pork Ramen/Gyoza class

This  was going to be another pork Ramen and Gyoza class for an American couple from San Diego, until I receive a request from a family from Israel, one of whose daughters is Vegetarian but the rest of the family love Japanese pork Ramen. So we ended up making both together!

For vegetarian Ramen, I used dried Shiitake mushrooms and Konbu seaweed for a base soup stock. Then we also cooked fresh mushrooms and garlic with leek, soy milk, sesame paste and miso. For many vegetarian dishes, sesame does a great work but Miso is another very ideal seasoning. 

This vegetarian version of Ramen soup turned out very rich and creamy, in fact my other guests also enjoyed tasting this soup.

For vegetarian Gyoza, I usually use Tofu and another kind of mushroom called Maitake. The only thing you need to mind is that Tofu will not be as sticky as meat when mixed, so the ingredients tends to fall apart and it may be a little harder to tack the filling inside Gyoza wrappers. A few drops of sesame oil might help.

The only issue was that there were a lot  more preparations than usual and I did not take any photos of our yummy accomplishments (tears in my eyes)…

 Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

Japanese Sweets Class for French Girl

I’ve welcomed a student from Paris. She was interested in to make Japanese sweets, especially “Dorayaki“.  Dorayaki is Japanese confection, which is red bean pancake.

 

We made Dorayaki, Japanese cheese cake and fruits mochi sweets.

 

She made a good shaped fruits daihuku.  Wrapping mochi  with white bean paste and small orange was not easy though.

Making pancakes for dorayaki.

She saw Japanese movie “Sweet Bean (An)” then was interested in  dorayaki as Japanese confectionary.  She said the movie is amazing and recommended me to see that.  Yes, I will!

She made beautiful colored pancake for dorayaki.

 

Thank you for coming my sweets class!

 

Kisshy

Chicken ramen class

I have welcomed close  father and daughter from Israel for ramen cooking class. The cooking day was the last day of their 45 days trip in Japan for them.   I appreciate to choose our cooking class for their important day.

 

 

I had a request for cooking ramen and gyoza with chicken.  I usually use pork for ramen toppings and cook braised pork in advance of the cooking class since braised pork need long time to cook.

However, chicken for ramen topping doesn’t need so much time and I can show how to cook it in the class.   It is very easy, soft and moisture with little technique, moreover it goes with  ramen.

The father and the daughter  did a great job for cooking, at this time making gyoza.  They picked up how to fold gyoza dumplings and made good shape.

 

They enjoyed cooking  with  long chopsticks.

Thank you for coming my ramen class!

 

Kisshy

Ramen and Karaage class for a family

I have welcomed a family from Philippine for cooking class. Their request was Chicken Karaage and ramen.   The kids LOVE  chicken karaage, which is Japanese fried chicken, and they want to learn how to cook to cook at home.

I strongly recommend to cook chicken fry at home. You can use fresh vegetable oil for frying which is healthier than dinning  out.

I was so impressed that the boys have great cooking skill.  They often cook at home and I heard the older brother baked cup cake for mom’s day by himself, wow!

They have wonderful knife skills!

 

I’m sooooo glad to hear they loved the Karaage which was made by themselves.  I’m so proud of you guys!

 

Hope you cook Karaage at your kitchen.

Thank you for coming our cooking class!

Kisshy

Shrimp & clam Ramen & Gyoza class

 

The menu was;

Seafood Ramen with shrimp, clam & Japanese Dashi soup stock

Seafood Gyoza with shrimp & vegetables

spinach with sesame sauce

No chicken, pork but lots of seafood!  My guest couple from Ohio, USA,  really surprised me that they are enjoying various fish including Bonito & Hamachi (young yellow tail tuna) as Sashimi back home, thanks to a local seafood market 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 class event, inside home and lots of good smells!

I hope my guest liked their experience at my kitchen.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

Seafood & Nuka-zuke class

The menu was seafood(Swordfish & Salmon) Nanban-zuke, eggplant with sweet Miso sauce, fresh seasonal Bonito marinade with garlic & ginger, Miso soup with fried Tofu and Choy Sum greens.

At this class, I welcomed young Swedish boys from Stockholm, a couple from Chicago, USA and a Canadian traveller from Ottawa .

A lady from US is very knowledgeble about fermented foods and she is making her own Kimchee, Sauerkraut etc. Naturally she was very interested in our fermented pickles i.e. Tsukemono. I was very happy to have a chance to show my Nuka bed and  we all tasted my Nuka Zuke-ed cucumbers and carrots.

A gentleman from Canada asked me what kind of wood chips Japanese use in making Katsuo Bushi (Smoked Bonito). That was an unusual question but later he turned out to be a semi-professional chef and makes his own smoked food. No wonder!

Congratulations my team  our lunch turned out really yummy !

At our lunch table, my Swedish guests also told us about their exotic fermented food, a kind of canned fish but my old brain hasn’t got enough memory to store this Swedish  name…

He told us that some Swedish people were trying to export this product to Japan at one stage, as we are known as  seafood crazy but not quite succeeded yet.

Thank you all for lots of interesting stories, many thanks for coming!

Akiko