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

Vegetarian & pork Gyoza gathering with couples from Israel & USA

This was another Gyoza class but we prepared 2 kinds of fillings, one is our regular pork & vegetable Gyoza, then Vegetarian version with Tofu, mushrooms and vegetables.

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Tofu, or bean curd,  is widely known around the world but I have noticed Tofu available in other countries are not always the same as ours in Japan.  Not a few of my guest were surprised to see our Tofu and told me that their Tofu were harder in texture, not as fresh as the ones we normally get here.

Good fresh Tofu has an earthy flavour of soy beans. It is tasty as it is but also makes  a great substitute for pork meat when you prepare Gyoza fillings.  It  is also super easy to mix with other ingredients. Sometimes our Tofu is too fresh so just make sure to drain it a little before you use.

It was the beginning of Autumn in Tokyo, the perfect season to use mushrooms in home cooking!  We have a big variety of reasonable  mushrooms in Japan, such as Shiitake, Maitake, Enokidake, Shimeji, Hiratake etc.

Sun dried Shiitake mushrooms make a great soup broth, which is an ideal  substitute for our famous smoked bonito fish .  I use this dired Shiitake broth as Dashi for 100% vegetarian miso soup and it is very tasty, both for vegetarians and non-vegetarians!

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At the class, non-vegetarian guests also tried vegetarian Gyoza and they seemed to like it as well.

The only concern was if my guests could find the ready-made Gyoza wrappers at the supermarkets in their neighbourhood…. I am crossing my fingers that they did in Tel Aviv and Boston.

Many thanks for coming to my kitchen!

Akiko

 

Salmon Nanban-zuke class on August 25th

I welcomed beautiful couple from Munich in German.   The lady speaks and understand Japanese little. Both of them are Japanese food lover.

After our communication by email, we decide to cook Salmon nanban-zuke for the main dish.

Both of them are home cookers, so we cooked very fast and efficiently.

I usually prepare Japanese broth, using sea kelp and bonito flakes. Those ingredients only use for infuse the flavor, so i usually discard the left overs after simmered ingredients.  I knew, this is kind of against Japanese culture, mottai-nai .

*Mottainai from wiki

Mottainai (もったいない[mottainai]) is a Japanese term conveying a sense of regret concerning waste.[1] The expression “Mottainai!” can be uttered alone as an exclamation when something useful, such as food or time, is wasted, meaning roughly “what a waste!” or “Don’t waste.”[2] In addition to its primary sense of “wastefulness”, the word is also used to mean “impious; irreverent” or “more than one deserves”.[3]

Mottainai is an old Buddhist word, which has ties “with the Shinto idea that objects have souls.”[2] Mottainai has been referred to as a tradition,[2] a cultural practice,[4] and an idea which is still present in Japanese culture,[2] which has become an international concept.[5]

 

Then I decided to cook furikake, using leftover of Japanese broth, which is go with cooked rice.  See in the middle of the plate in white little dish.

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We cooked Salmon nanban -zuke, cucumber with creamy sesame dressing, eggplant with sweet miso sauce, Japanese style egg omelette, furikake, edamame rice and miso soup.

Both of them loved those dishes, and I’ m so glad they enjoyed.  The lady sent me Japanese meal cooked by herself. It looked so gorgeous and much better than my work.

Thank you for remind me of Mottainai!

Many thanks,

Kisshy

 

 

Ramen without Dashi broth, still yummy! /June 2017

At this class, one of the guest preferred not to use any seafood. I usually make Dashi stock and pork /chicken stock for making Ramen soup. As you may have heard, Dashi stock  is the backbone for Japanese culinary but it uses smoked bonito fish flakes etc., thus not recommended if you do not like seafood.  But don’t worry, Ramen without Dashi turned out absolutely gorgeous with other seasonings. 

In fact, there are many recipes of Ramen around Japan and the variety just keeps growing all the time.  There are not a few bloggers in Japan who enjoy Ramen shop-hopping and report on each Ramen they tasted.

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Talking about blogs, another guest lady was a food blogger and her page was full of yummy photos. It was a pity I cannot read Spanish or Italian, the language she is writing, but all the photos are really mouth-watering. 

Her lovely daughter was also joining my cooking class. As a youngest participant, she was naturally appointed to hand-mixing of sticky Gyoza fillings, the most tiring part of Gyoza making but she has completed her mission very well.

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The whole family were such foodies that the father, a very skilled vegetable chopper, explained to me some interesting stories about Italian Ravioli making. It was a fun class with lots of food information exchange!

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I hope they enjoyed their time at my kitchen.  Many thanks for coming,

 

Akiko

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

 

 

Ramen Show in Tokyo

Dear Ramen Lovers!

There is a Ramen festival going on now till Nov.6th in Komazawa Park in Setagaya ward.

There are 18 ramen shops from Sapporo, Hokkaido (Northern part) to Miyazaki, Kyusyu ( South part). You can enjoy the variety of  Miso ramen, shoyu ramen, tonkotsu ramen (pork marrow broth) from those distinctive ramen shops.

If you have any chance to visit there it is good opportunity to taste Japanese popular ramen shop.

 

☟ links to Ramen show in English

http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/setagaya/event/ramenshow.html

Kisshy

 

Japanese cooking Class on Aug 3rd

Tempura Class for a family of 6

I appreciated to have a class with delightful family from the US!

A young boy got in touch to book a class early Jul.   In my English mistake made him little confuse and eventually I took the family to a supermarket tour before the cooking class.

It was my first time  to go for grocery tour with my guests.  I showed produce section, fresh seafood section, meat area and whole areas of the typical Japanese grocery store.

I’m glad they liked to find the U.S products, such as Campbell’s canned soup, snacks and beers made in the US.   They bought Japanese beer and sake and headed for my place.

On the day of Aug 3rd was very hot and humid, ordinal Japanese summer day. The family looked little tired  because of the jet lug and the weather difference.

Before we cook, I gave them Japanese names,  Masa-san(father) Kaori(mother) Kyoko ( biggest sister) Ichiro ( biggest brother) Jiro (second brother) Sabro ( third broher) , and we call each other those Japanease name during the class. We enjoyed them very much.

They did cutting and mise en place very well, very smoth. They have a great team work!   However, gradually, some of the members get tired and couldn’t work very well.

It happens in my class sometime, don’t worry!    Please sit back and relax as you come back your home.    I prepare nice Japanese food for you so just enjoy Japanese home cooking.

Menu for   Aug 3rd

Tempura   ( horse mackerel and seasonal vegetables)

grated daikon and ginger

Cucumber with sesame dressing

Egg plant with sweet miso

Rice and Miso soup

Masa-san is very nice father of 4 children and good husband of gentle Kaori-san.  I liked to hear their daily life and their annual trip.  I really wish my family would be get along even my sons get bigger like this family.

Thank you very much Ichiro, such a great writing to the TripAdvisor. YOUR writing  was amazing!  Very intelligence expression for the class. Good luck to your new life in NYC!

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Many Thanks

Kisshy