Lots of seafood for a US athlete couple

This was a 2 main dish course request from an American couple. We cooked Salmon Nanbanzuke marinade and Okonomiyaki pancake as our main dishes, plus a few side dishes with vegetables and seasonal fruits.

My guest couple was both very fit as regular climbers and bouldering experts, so salmon was a good choice for their muscles. We also chopped some squid and put in our Okonomiyaki, as well as pork, cabbage, leek and Naga Imo potato, which is exactly how I make it for my family.

When I asked him if there is any favorite Japanese ingredients, he replied

” Unagi and Uni (eel and sea urchin)!! ”,

so I knew he is quite familiar with our dietary, then it turned out his Mum is Japanese!

Obviously he has been eating yummy Japanese home made dishes all his life, and I  do hope that he & his girlfriend liked what we prepared together at my kitchen.

Many thanks for coming!

2 main dishes class

Today was “ 2 main dishes” class.

Okonomiyaki! “Japanese pan cake” is for the lunch or the dinner not for the dessert. We put pork, Shrimp and Cabbage and yam and one more ingredient which is secret:-).

Salmon-NanbanZuke. Salmon marinated in sour sauce which you can arrange with other white fish or Chicken too.

Itadakimasu! thank you for coming!

Honeymooners from Tel Aviv cooking Japanese comfort food

Today’s class guests are happy sweet honeymooners from IT capital, Tel Aviv, Israel. We cooked Ramen with pork soup stock.

I also adventured to use simmered Konbu kelp in cabbage salad, which is our family’s favorite quick dish. Here we use Konbu like herbs and it goes really nicely with sesame oil. Please try if you have some left over Konbu after making Dashi broth.

The couple told me some very interesting stories about their culture & life, my favorite part of doing cooking classes for travellers!

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

Deco- style Sushi Rolls with Singaporean artist couple, Nov. 2017

This late November class was a bit tough one for me, as I received a request for a special Sushi Roll.

It was the beginning of winter season when everybody would start thinking about Christmas and new year holiday, so my young guest from Singapore suggested me if we could challenge to make a sushi rolls with Xmas tree or snow man patterns!

I have never tried Xmas tree nor Snow man sushi, but I knew one very pretty pattern called ‘star’, with an egg-roll inside. No fresh seafood inside so a little disappointing if you are a Sashimi lover, but her husband does not eat Sashimi so in this case, it worked out even better.

So the menu for this class was fixed as follows;

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Deco Sushi Rolls ‘Star’

Chicken Nanban (sweet and sour, Japanese fusion style deep-fried chicken)

Spinach with sesame sauce

White Miso soup with potato & cabbage

At the kitchen, my guest was very patient and she never got tired until we finally made everything successfully, including home-made egg roll and sweet & sour Nanban sauce ! Her husband also liked the taste of chicken Nanban and the sauce for it, made with mayo, fresh chopped onion & boiled egg.

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Deco Sushi Rolls with star was a time-consuming recipe and it takes a lot of hand works, then you would end up eating a lot of rice, colored and seasoned with a few different ingredients, but it really had an appealing look. Truly ideal for your gathering tables.

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After a few weeks, I heard from my guest that she had made Deco Sushi Rolls back in Singapore! It was such a huge joy to hear and she even created her own design this time, I would call it a plum flower maybe. Here is her photo!

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Isn’t it just gorgeous!  I was so happy to hear that her guests also loved this Maki(Rolls).

Many thanks for coming and your photo!

Akiko

 

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Schedule Nov – Feb

All locations are at midtown area in Tokyo. Some availalabe spots are listed below, but we are flexible to open new spots for you. So please contact us if you have any request.

date meeting time-
finish time
meeting point Menu instructor Price (Yen)
Nov-1 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya Menu: Salmon sautee with miso sauce / daifuku-mochi instructor: Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-2 Thu 10am-1pm Yoyogi-Uehara station Tempura instructor: Yuki
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-8 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya Tempura instructor: Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-9 Thu 10am-1pm Yoyogi-Uehara station instructor: Yuki
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-13 Mon 10am-1pm Hanzomon instructor: Akiko
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-15 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya instructor: Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-17 Fri 10am-1pm Yotsuya Tempura instructor: Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-20 Mon 10am-1pm Hanzomon Ramen instructor: Akiko
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-22 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya Ramen instructor: Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-24 Fri 10am-1pm Yotsuya instructor: Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-27 Mon 10am-1pm Hanzomon instructor: Akiko
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-28 instructor: Kisshy 10am-1pm Yoyogi-Uehara instructor: Yuki
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-29 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya instructor: Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-30 Thu 10am-1pm hanzomon sushi roll & chicken nanban instructor: Akiko
Price: 12000 yen,

 

date meeting time-
finish time
meeting point Menu instructor Price (Yen)
Dec-1 Fri 10am-1pm Yotsuya salmon cabbage Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-4 Mon 10am-1pm Hanzomon Sushi roll Akiko
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-6 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya salmon cabbage in miso sauce Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-7 Thu 10am-1pm Yoyogi-Uehara Yuki
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-8 Fri 10am-1pm Yotsuya salmon cook with cabbage in miso sauce Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-8 Fri 10-13:oo Hanzomon Ramen (no cucumber) Akiko
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-11 Mon 10am-1pm Hanzomon Akiko
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-13 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-15 Fri 10am-1pm Yotsuya Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-18 Mon 10am-1pm Hanzomon Akiko
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-20 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya KIsshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-22 Fri 10am-1pm Yotsuya Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-27 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
date meeting time-
finish time
meeting point Menu instructor Price (Yen)
Jan-7 Sun ,14:00-17:00 Yotsuya salmon cabbage Kisshy 8000 yen
Jan-12 Fri ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya Kisshy 8000 yen
Jan-15 Mon ,10:00-13:00 Hanzomon Akiko 8000 yen
Jan-17 Wed ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya Kisshy 8000 yen
Jan-19 Fri ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya Kisshy 8000 yen
Jan-22 Mon ,10:00-13:00 Hanzomon Akiko 8000 yen
Jan-24 Wed ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya Kisshy 8000 yen
Jan-26 Fri ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya Kisshy 8000 yen
 Jan-30  Tue  10:00-13:00  hanzomon  Akiko  8000yen
Jan-31 Wed ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya Kisshy 8000 yen
date meeting time-
finish time
meeting point Menu instructor Price (Yen)
Feb-1 Thu ,10:00-13:00 Yoyogi-Uehara TBD Yuki 8000 yen
Feb-2 Fri ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya TBD Kisshy 8000 yen
Feb-5 Mon ,10:00-13:00 Hanzomon TBD Akiko 8000 yen
Feb-7 Wed ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya TBD Kisshy 8000 yen
Feb-8 Thu ,10:00-13:00 Yoyogi-Uehara TBD Yuki 8000 yen
Feb-9 Fri ,10:00-13:00 Yotshuya TBD Kisshy 8000 yen
Feb-16 Fri ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya TBD Kisshy 8000 yen
Feb-19 Mon ,10:00-13:00 Hanzomon TBD Akiko 8000 yen
Feb-21 Wed ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya TBD Kisshy 8000 yen
Feb-22 Thu ,10:00-13:00 Yoyogi-Uehara TBD Yuki 8000 yen
Feb-23 Fri ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya TBD Kisshy 8000 yen
Feb-26 Mon ,10:00-13:00 Hanzomon TBD Akiko 8000 yen
Feb-28 Wed ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya TBD Kisshy 8000 yen

 

 

Vegetarian & Pork Gyoza & Miso Aubergine class / July 2017

Gyoza, Japanese style dumplings are becoming one of the most popular main dishes these days. It is fun to make, yummy to taste!  If you have several guests who have different dietary requirement, you can simply prepare different types of fillings.  Some with pork, some with vegetables, which is what I did at this class. 

I welcomed 4 girls from Ireland and USA on this day and 2 were vegetarians, so we prepared 2 types; pork Gyoza & mushrooms and tofu Gyoza. Both Gyoza also had vegetables like cabbage and same seasonings.  

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Once wrapped, they all look exactly the same so just be careful when you cook them to remember which is which. 

My guests also liked our side dish with eggplant.  In Japanese, eggplant is called ‘Nasu’, a simple short spelling but some Europeans call it ‘aubergine’, sounds more like a French dish with complicated technique but this is another easy and yummy home cooking menu.  

The Miso sauce for this menu is sweet and savory. It is hard to explain the taste so you must come and try yourself!

I also learned one new thing about Irish culture from my guests, Leprechaun. Another long spelling but I am a fan of Harry Potter so this was easy to remember. I hope this little man will bring a lot of happiness and good luck to my guest girls from west and east of Japan.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

Swordfish Nanbanzuke class with lots of vegetables/ May 2017

Today’s guest was a couple from France visiting various plasces in Japan.

The lady turned out to be on the early stage of her pregnancy.  As a mother of 3 kids, I was really excited to hear that and thought maybe some of the food & nutrition we cook will be becomimg a part of her little baby’s body, who knows!

What we parepared on this class was; Swordfish Nanban Zuke, eggplant with sweet miso sauce, spinach with sesame sauce and miso soup with cabbage and potatoes. Lots of vegetables dishes using naturally fermented  seasonings like Miso, Mirin and Soy sauce.

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Since she was not feeling for a very strong taste, we decided to use less amount of rice vinegar and soy sauce for Nanban Zuke marinade. It is one of the good things about hands-on cooking experience. You can taste your sauce and dishes as we proceed and are always welcome to adjust some parts of the recipe.

Her husband was a keen cook and he was quite knowlegeble about Japanese ingredients, which helped a lot.

I hope they enjoyed their time at my kitchen and their baby was enjoying his/her first Japanese food,too!

Many thaks for coming!

Akiko

 

 

 

 

Vegetarian & seafood sushi class on May 8th.

I had my first vegetarian guest and her husband from UK on May 8th class, as well as another fun couple of sushi lovers from USA.  

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Japanese culinary is well known for using lots of vegetables and vegetable-oriented seasonings. Our cultural background with Buddhism has a lot to do with this. Buddhist monks do not eat any animal oriented food during their hard ascetic practices. Food provided at temples had to be vegetarian in many cases, so a variety of cooking methods with vegetables have been developed over centuries. 

One of the ‘must’ ingredients for our vegetarian cooking is dried Shiitake mushrooms, called Hoshi Shiitake in Japanese. Well, more precisely, you don’t need to be vegetarian to appreciate the taste of this dried ingredient. I often use this stock to simmer chicken etc. 

Like many other dried ingredients used for stocks, this needs to be soaked in water overnight before start cooking. 

If the room temperature is above 20, it is better to put the water and dried Shiitake in a fridge. It is said dried Shiitake extract comes out better when the water is around.10. If you are in a hurry, you may use hot water to extract dried mushroom quickly but the taste is always better when you use cold water and take some time. 

We cooked our miso soup with Shiitake and Kombu stock at this class. It was a season for sweet spring cabbage and tender new potatoes. They made perfect ingredients for fine vegetable soup stock. 

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For vegetarian sushi rolls ingredients, I picked up avocado, cucumber, Shiso leaves and some thinly sliced Takuan (salty pickled Daikon radish). 

I hope my guest enjoyed their food and cooking experience at my kitchen.

Many thanks for coming!

 Akiko

Ginger pork and Japanesepotato salad

I had a request of cooking ginger pork at this class. There are a couple from London.

Ginger pork is quite easy and common home made cooking in Japan and I often cook this dish for my family.  The seasonings  of soy sauce, ginger and sweet go with thin sliced pork.

I always serve ginger pork  accompany with potato salad and shredded cabbage for dinner. Potato salad is must- item with ginger pork for me.

Therefore, At this class, I offered to cook ginger pork, potato salad, shredded cabbage, spinach with cream sesame dressing, rice and miso soup. It looks many dishes, but each of them are easy preparation.

Then I knew, there are many variation of potato salad through the world. My potato salad recipe consists of potato, ham, cucumber, sliced onion season with mayonnaise.  today’s guests originally came  from Vienna, Austria and the US. They said the ingredients are simple but their own potato salad recipe from their mother sounds yummy!

This is my favorite accept of cooking class the guests came from many countries. I could hear what they eat in general as everyday food i. We also talk about what we eat in breakfast, too.

We enjoyed cook those menus with joyful talking.

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Finally we cooked all the recipes and glad to hear they liked them all include potato salad.

Many thanks!

Kisshy