The menu for the class was;
Swordfish & Salmon Nanbanzuke sauce (fried and marinade with soysauce, vinegar & fresh vegetables)
Eggplamt with sweet Miso sauce
Spinach with sesame sauce
Miso soup with clams & rice
I tend to spend a lot of time explaining about basic ingredients we use for Japanese cooking, such as Katsuo Bushi (Smoked Bonito fish), Konbu, Mirin etc. Sometimes the tastes of them are too different for first timers to my country but my two beautiful guests on this day were doing very good.
With Katsuo and Konbu, we made soup stock and used it for Miso soup, as well as spinach sauce and swordfish marinade. They all worked out nicely & my guest completed our delicious and authentic lunch!
Later I learnd that one of my guests was a professional model, another was a title-holder of marathon ( in business suit!?!? )
Japanese food are rich in nutrition, low in calories so isn’t our food just perfct for them?
I hope they will enjoy cooking our food again in US.
Many thanks for coming!
This was a calss for a solo traveller from Australia who is willing to cook Ramen and Gyoza. At first I thought he is one of many Ramen & Gyoza lovers but as we talk preparing our lunch, I learned that he is already working at an Asian food business and hope to be independent some day.
In fact he is so serious that he took 3 cooking classes during his short stay in Tokyo! I was honored to be a little part of these opportunities during his limited time in my country.
I love good food but never worked as a chef by the way, still I hope he found his experience with Japanese Mum & home cooking at my kitchen worth his time & effort…
The way he mixed the chopped vegetables and minced pork meat for Gyoza filling was super! It requires a good strong pressure so each separate ingredients become together.
One thing he liked very much was our Japanese style eggs. As one of the Ramen toppings, we often prepare flavoured boiled eggs. it is tasty as a topping for simple steamed rice, too.
For its flavour, I use soy sauce, Mirin and smoked bonito if my guest is OK with seafood. You need to keep it in a fridge for a few days so the eggs turn brown outside but inside is till bright yellow. They add a nice colour in a Ramen bowl.
I hope my guest had a good time and wish him the best of luck for his future in Asian food business, I am sure he will be very successful!
Many thanks for coming!
I welcomed a group of 6 people from France
in my class this morning.
The cooking class was a surprise gift from three people in the group to rest of the three people. Those three people didn’t know what purpose they came for by the time I told them at our meeting point.
Actually, three people came to Japan because of their business, and they bring their spouses ( partners) to Japan together. Then, the three partners gave special time back to the workers. I’m impressed such a wonderful idea and decide I will success the plan at the cooking class.
They all are so close and nice relationships. I’m glad I could work with them.
Even though my kitchen is too small to work together all 6 people, They are happy to work there together. They seems like good friends.
Plating time. Carefully serving each plate for looking beautiful. Japanese plating should be visually beautiful.
Then it is time for lunch. They liked the food they prepared.
I got email from the organize and they all really enjoyed the class. I’m glad to hear that!
Sometimes I receive a very specific request on menus to cook at classes.
For this class in May, my guest, who turns out be a super woman (business executive & mother of 2 kids) from Singapore, asked me if we can try Oyako-don, Gyoza, Chicken teriyaki, Miso dengaku with eggplant and Japanese style potato salad.
That is a lot for one meal and the combination is not exactly what we normally do, but I understand it is a good chance to try different dishes for a visitor when time is limited. Obviously the lady has tried many Japanese dishes already so I was interested to hear her opinions on our food, too.
She visited me with her lovely young daughter who was a great help in the kitchen! She can slice and cut and stir with no problem.
Among the menus my guest chose, I was curious to ask why she picked up a potato salad, as is a rather western menu to me. She was after a Japanese style potato salad in particular, which her family tried before and became her son’s favorite.
What I think ‘very Japanese’ and what my guests like to learn at Japanese home cooking class may not be always the same. It is very interesting to discover what people are attracted in our food culture.
Many thanks for coming!
Today’s customer had already taken a Japanese home cooking class several years ago and he liked it so much that he wanted to learn more. He was on his business trip to Tokyo so the schedule was a little difficult to sort out but we managed to make it happen!
His request included mackerel with Miso sauce, eggplant with sweet miso sauce, and we made miso soup, too, along with a few other dishes.
Too much miso? No worries Miso is like cheese for Europeans. There are a great variety of Miso in different regions throughout Japan and even ingredients differ, some uses more rice, others add wheat, or only use salt and soy beans. Each family has its own favorite type of Miso I guess.
Miso is salty but rich in nutrition and minerals, sich as vitamins, calcium, lactic acid bacteria, oligo saccharide, dietary fiber etc. which help to keep your digestion system in good condition. Some centuries ago, Miso was an important food to carry around for Samurai warriors on expedition, as it keeps for many months without freezing. And most of all, it is yummy!
My guest was such an experienced Japanese culinery cooker. He said at his home in UK, he cooks Oyako-Don, a chicken and egg on rice bowl frequently and his girlfriend (non-Japanese by the way) loves it, too. How nice to hear that!
He works for a gigantic IT company so after all our dishes are completed, it was my turn to ask him a lot of questions about latest happenings in his industry.
I hope he is now enjoying cooking some mackerel and eggplant with various Miso sauces for his loved ones. Many thanks for coming!