Japanese cooking class on Feb 10th

I’ve welcomed a couple from England in today’s class.

We cooked salmon nanban-zuke, spinach with sesame cream sauce ( Goma-ae), pumpkin cook with sweet soy sauce, egg omelet and miso soup.

At this class, the couple who cooks daily did their work very quickly, I was impressed their team work!  We had a time to cook Japanese omelets for extra. Otherwise we finished cooking too early!

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She did well at rolling up egg omelets.

 

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Her husband worked well for grinding sesame for spinach dressing.

Eventually we had a very “Oishii” delicious lunch together.

 

Thank you for coming and hope you’ll cook Japanese dishes in your country.

 

Many thanks

Kisshy

 

 

Ramen class on Feb 8th 2017

I had two participants in the class; a man from Guatemala and a lady from  Holland.

Both of them had a culinary background and  they were very curious to cook ramen.

To know cooking ramen from the scratch, it is important to know “umami”.  what is “umami”?

 

According to Wiki, it is briefly  written as…..

Umami (/uˈmɑːmi/), or savory taste, is one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness).[1] It has been described as brothy or meaty.[2][3]

I show the traditional ingredients for ramen soup to the participants in the lecture and would like them to understand before start to cook.

Both of them are good cook and the class went very well. We’ve done prep quickly, So I  could take time to taste and adjust ramen soup.  This is the most important part of Ramen cooking.

 

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Thank you very much for such nice reviews for TripAdvisor!

I really enjoyed cooking with you!!

Many thanks

Kisshy

 

 

Feb 13th Dashi & Nanbanzuke class with sommelier

IMG_5207Today I welcomed a couple from USA, a lady who is a sommelier and her hus who has studied Japanese for 4 years at uni. I nearly had a heart attack when he suddenly started speaking to me in fluent Japanese!

Both are keen cooks so I learned a lot from them, too! This is a fun part of having cooking class with people from various parts of the world.

The main dish was: Sword fish Nanbanzuke. deep-fried white meat fish marinated in soy sauce and rice vinegar, fresh vegetables etc. This is my favorite. I should have asked my guest if there is any white wine that goes nicely with this dish.

We also worked hard to make good Dashi stock. The most tiring part may be shaving a smoked bonito into flakes with traditional wooden grater. This has a sharp blade on so you need to be careful when you use this item.

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For Dashi soup, I like putting Maitake mushrooms and Mitsuba, a Japanese herb similar to chervil. If you add some miso, it will make a good miso soup.

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Another good excercise was grinding sesame into rich and oily texture. All done by hands! A tip is to heat sesame for a short moment before start grinding.  I think they loved the aroma of sesame sauce. It matches well with spinach but also with various other food so you may think up your own recipe with your choice of local vegetables.

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I hope the couple had a good time at my kitchen!

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

 

 

Fish Nanban-zuke class

Recently, I had a guests from 3 continents all at once:  Italy, US, and Australia.  A truly global crowd!

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We always wear our Aprons.  It’s the Japanese way!  Let’s get to cooking!

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First, we learn how to make Japanese Soup Stock (Dashi) to make Miso-Soup. I prefer to mix and match many kinds of miso so we can enjoy different tastes everytime. It’s so much fun to invent your own taste!

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You must cut the vegetables very thinly for Nanban-zuke, everyone did good job!!!

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Today’s menu is:

– Salmon Nanban-zuke (Salmon marinated in sour sauce) as the main dish

– Deep-Fried Tofu with Japanese Dressing and Miso Eggplant Stir-fry as the 2 side dishes

– Rice and Miso soup

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Itadakimasu!

It’s so much fun to talk the people who came from all over the world who  love eating and cooking!  We talked a lot, but especially about the food in Italy and Japan!

Thank you so much for coming!

Oyako-don (Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl) Class

The other day, I had a lovely family from Sydney, Australia.

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You can see how much fun we had during the cooking class.  Plus, the intimacy of having visitors to Japan come into your house to learn creates a wonderful bond that we all remember forever.

This time, we talked a lot about the difference of ingredients and the cooking difference between Japan and Australia.

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The day’s menu was:

Main dish:  Oyako-Don (Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl)

Side dishes: Tofu-Steak with Miso Marinated Pork and Eggplant in Dashi

Plus, Rice and Miso Soup with Tofu

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Itadakimasu!

I was able to answer lots of their questions about Japanese culture, wearing kimonos, and education. We had a really fun time together.

And also we talked about Japanese table coordination and Japanese flower arrangement. They loved ZEN style!

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As always, seasonal fruit for desert.

Thank you so much for coming to Musubi Cooking Class!

 

One Class, Two Mains

Good morning from cold Tokyo.

Recently, I had a couple visit me from Dubai, who already had great knowledge of Japanese cuisine. They wanted to see how real Japanese people cook their favorite main dishes.

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The two main dishes they selected were Tonkatsu (Japanese Pork Cutlet) and Saba no Miso-ni (Miso Simmered Mackerel).

The two side dishes I paired with their choice of mains were Pickled Wakame (Seaweed) Cucumber Salad and Japanese Sesame Spinach Salad.

Of course they enjoyed making Miso Soup made with fresh Japanese Soup Stock and Rice.

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While eating, we talked about Japanese traditional events and food, cultural differences, home cooking and so much more…we couldn’t stop talking! :-).   I also taught them how to use different ingredients when it is difficult to get authentic Japanese ingredients in their home country.  For example, in Dubai it is difficult to get Japanese sake.

We enjoyed a lot of eating and learning about Japanese home cooking!

Thank you for coming

Yuki

Jan 24th Japanese home cooking class

IMG_5158It was a chilly winter day in Tokyo but I had a lovely day with a beautiful young couple from Perth WA, Australia. They have already experienced quite a variety of Japanese cuisine. I was amazed to hear they even have a rice cooker at home and sometimes make their own sushi rolls!

At my class we made typical Japanese family cooking, kinds of dishes we enjoy eating normally. Lots of vegetables and mushrooms.
The menu was: Nanbanzuke of swordfish (deep-fried and marinated in Japanese vinegar and soy sauce with fresh vegetables), spinach with sesame sauce, eggplant with sweet miso sauce, and of course Dashi stock for soup.
Both did a great job, cutting vegetables perfectly thin and sesame grinded into a nice smooth texture. It was a delicious lunch and I hope the couple enjoyed the cooking experience and lunch as much as I did.
Thank you for coming !
Akiko

Tempura Class

Hello, this is Yuki, one of the instructors of Musubi cooking class.

I started to teach Japanese home cooking and Japanese table coordination during the 7 years I lived in Los Angeles, USA.  When I moved back to Japan in September of 2016, I, of course, wanted to continue teaching Japanese home cooking in Tokyo.

This is my first blog entry for for Musubi Cooking, so hopefully you can enjoy seeing how fun it is to learn (and eat!) Japanese home cooking at home in Japan!

For the Tempura Class, I had guests from Australia and the U.S.

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Everyone enjoyed learning how to prepare the Tempura!

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And also enjoyed taking pictures of each other!

The menu for the day was as follows:

1 Main Dish:

Tempura

2 Side Dishes:

Pickled wakame seaweed and cucumbers

Japanese sesame spinach salad

and Rice and Miso-soup

Dessert:

Seasonal Japanese fruit

 

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Looks so yummy and beautiful!

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We enjoyed eating and a nice conversation about fun things to do during your trip to Japan.  It was great having you, thank you for coming!

— Yuki

Ramen class on Oct 24th ’16

Our Raman class gets popular now and I offered the class today too.  This is the

There are 6 participants from a family from Hawaii and a couple from US mainland. We had a lot of laugh and lot of fun because each participants today ware cheerful and enjoyed cook pretty much!  They  made me less nervous to involve them cook together.

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This part, wrapping gyoza process is fun time. All the participants concentrated to make nice shape gyoza, but it’s not always can make the shape perfect. However, the unique shapes crack the all up!   Don’t worry, the shape won’t be a big matter after pan frying them.

Today’s menu on Oct 24th

Miso Ramen with sautéed vegetables, sautéed miso pork, braised pork, seasoned egg.

Pork Gyoza

Sesame dressed cucumber

I shared one little thing better buy kitchen tool in Japan.

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This is the must item for making perfect boiling egg. This makes easy to peel egg shells completely.

 There is a small sharp pin in center of the circle. Leave a raw egg and press until making small hall.  Then boil the egg as usual to make a boiling egg.   You may find how easy to peel the shells!

The tool is sold in 100 yen store. It worth to bring it back to your country and nice souvenir for cooking lover.

Thank you for giving such nice Ramen class!

Kisshy

 

 

 

 

Ramen class on Oct 22nd’16

There is a lovely young couple from Switzerland today’s class.    They requested Ramen class so I gave the class on the Saturday afternoon.

They traveled over Japan for a couple of week, and the cooking day was the day before they fly back to Switzerland. I was  wishing the class would be one of the memorable experiences their trip in Japan.

I usually share how to make Dashi stock, which is Japanese fundamental soup stock, however, I don’t give when the ramen classes because the stock made from chicken.   The today’s guests asked about what is the dashi stock, so I shared how to make dashi stock.

Adding a pinch of salt makes dashi flavor nicer for tasting like a clear soup.I served the soup during our cooking time.

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It is dashi-kampai time.   I was glad they liked it.

We had kept cooking Ramen after the tasting and finally we enjoyed ramen for early dinner.

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  The menu on Oct 22nd ’16

        Miso ramen  with sautéed vegetables, sautéed minced pork, braised pork, a seasoned egg

Cucumber with sesame dressing

    Pork Gyoza

Since the eating time was early dinner  around 4:00pm, I suggested to visit a basement of  Takashimaya department store (depachika)  in Shinjuku  after the class.  Depachika is one of the Japanese food cultures, foodies MUST visit during Stay in Japan.

Here is about the Depachika

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/attractions/dining/depachika/

 

Thank you for the precious time!

Kisshy