I am happy to see people came from different countries and meet in my class and cook together. Most of the time they get along with each other during the class.
At the end of the class we eat together what we cooked in the class. At this time the participants are relaxed and open their mind to other participants.
All the attendees today are cheerful and open minded, and they seemed became friends right after met each other at the meeting point.
The class went very well in happy mood. Can you believe they just first met 1 hour before!?
We cooked ramen, gyoza and cucumber side dish. We enjoyed cooking and enjoyed having ramen, of cause!
They exchanged the travel information and the experience. We all had a great time.
I’ve welcomed 6 people today. There are two parties from Australia in different region.
We cooked salmon nanbanz-zuke ( Japanese style escabeche),
winter spinach dressed with creamy sesame dressing,
grilled-fried tofu with sweet miso sauce)
Rice and Miso sauce.
In this winter I use winter spinach for the side dish. This spinach can be obtain only cold winter season February to middle of March.
The leaves climb on the ground when it grows, and the chilled ground make the spinach sweet and thicken the leaves. The spinach has a great flavor and sweetness. This kind of spinach goes with creamed sesame dressing perfectly.
Hope everyone enjoys this seasonal flavor in winter class.
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!
She did well at rolling up egg omelets.
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.
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 (), or savory taste, is one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness). It has been described as brothy or meaty.
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.
Thank you very much for such nice reviews for TripAdvisor!
I really enjoyed cooking with you!!
Today 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.
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.
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.
I hope the couple had a good time at my kitchen!
Many thanks for coming!
Recently, I had a guests from 3 continents all at once: Italy, US, and Australia. A truly global crowd!
We always wear our Aprons. It’s the Japanese way! Let’s get to cooking!
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!
You must cut the vegetables very thinly for Nanban-zuke, everyone did good job!!!
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
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!
The other day, I had a lovely family from Sydney, Australia.
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.
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
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!
As always, seasonal fruit for desert.
Thank you so much for coming to Musubi Cooking Class!
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.
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.
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
It 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 !
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.
Everyone enjoyed learning how to prepare the Tempura!
And also enjoyed taking pictures of each other!
The menu for the day was as follows:
1 Main Dish:
2 Side Dishes:
Pickled wakame seaweed and cucumbers
Japanese sesame spinach salad
and Rice and Miso-soup
Seasonal Japanese fruit
Looks so yummy and beautiful!
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!